CHILD SAFETY WARNING: NSPCC ISSUES WARNING TO PARENTS ON FORTNITE

NSPCC ISSUES FORTNITE WARNING TO PARENTS

The NCPCC children’s charity has issued a warning to parents of kids who are playing the popular game Fortnite. 

In a recent post from iKydz we tell parents exactly what is fortnite and how you can take measures into your own hands to ensure your children are safe on this game. 

"One in four children have been contacted on Fortnite by someone they don’t know."

There has been a new game function added to Fortnite Battle Royale allowing users to easily connect with strangers via text chat and voice chat. The voice chat can be disabled however the text chat cannot. 

This new feature gives grounds for strangers all over the world to send whatever texts they wish to your child.

Research from NSPCC and O2, of 2,059 children and young people aged 11-18, reveals that that one in four children have been contacted online by someone they don’t know. 

Laura Randall, NSPCC’s associate head of child safety online, said: “Apps, sites, and games such as Fortnite: Battle Royale can be great opportunities for young people to play and engage online. However in light of emerging concerns about the risks children could be exposed to, we are urging parents to be aware of Fortnite’s features. It’s vital parents have regular conversations with their children about the games they are playing, and how to stay safe online.” 

What can parents do about Fortnite?

At iKydz, we believe that it is up to individuals to decide on what is appropriate for their children to do online and so we give parents easy-to-use tools to set the online boundaries.

Because we were asked by many of our customers to offer a solution to managing time spent on Fortnite, we’ve done just that. Parents can now easily limit and schedule the time that their kids spend on Fortnite with one click on their iKydz app. Or, if they’re so inclined, just block it altogether.