Fortnite is an online game, which includes Battle Royale, where players do not have to pay to play. In Battle Royale, 100 players compete against each other to be the last person standing in player vs player (PVP) combat.
Users play against people of different ages from across the world, and can talk and interact with each other as they play through the in-game chat feature.
Fortnite has a PEGI rating of 12, due to the: ‘frequent scenes of mild violence.
This PEGI rating only takes into account the content in the game and not the contact element, where players may be exposed to swearing and offensive language from strangers, either through audio or on-screen text chat.
In order to play Fortnite you have to create an account. To create this account you need to provide an email address (which you will have to verify) and display/user name. However you are not asked your age in order to create an account. You are playing against other players. As Fortnite is an online game you will play against players of different ages from across the world. You cannot turn the in game chats off or choose who you play against. You can make in game purchases
Although Battle Royale is free to play, other aspects of the game are not. There are packs which give you different access to the full game and extensions, bonuses and weapons. The game does ask players to make additional in-game purchases whilst playing, though these are not required to play the game. There is animated violence
Fortnite does feature violence when players are in combat with each other, the animation of the game is very cartoonish, and the violence isn't bloody or gory. However, it is worth noting that the aim of Fortnite is to defeat other players by fighting against them.
Where you can play?
Fortnite is currently available on PC, Mac, PlayStation and XBox , and will soon be available on IOS (apple products). It is downloadable from the Fortnite website, this download gives access to both the free and paid for versions of the game.
· Have an open and honest conversation with your child It’s important to involve yourself in your child’s online life and a simple and effective way to this is by talking to them about their life online. Try to maintain an open dialogue with your child and find opportunities to talk to them about what they love to do online. Parents can help children access the amazing resources the internet has to offer whilst keeping them safe online at the same time. Asking your child about how they play Fortnite and what they like about it is a great way to start a conversation.
· Play with them It may seem daunting, but one of the best things that you can do is to engage with the gaming envi ronment and begin to understand what makes Fortnite so attractive to young people, as well as giving yourself an idea of the reporting tools available within the game.
· Know how to make a report On Fortnite you can report players who are behaving inappropriately by using the in-game feedback tool located in the game Main Menu, you can also make a report by emailing the creators of Fortnite.
· Find out more here https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/parents-guide-fortnite-battle-royale
Snapchat is a mobile application that allows users to create, edit and share pictures and videos . Images sent on Snapchat are often referred to as ‘snaps’. Snapchat focuses on capturing ‘moments’ quickly; users take images and videos and send them instantly. The unique feature of Snapchat is that images disappear with seconds. However these can be screenshot and shared.
Snapchat’s Terms of Service state that young people under 13 years old are not able to create an account. However there are no checks and many of our pupils use Snapchat.
Should I be concerned about Snapchat?
The features of Snapchat can present potential risks to young people online. These features include:
· Connecting to other users they do not know
· Linking to other platforms
· Sharing of information and images
· Limited internal moderation
· Snapchat now shows your location on a map unless you put yourself into ghost mode
Do you know what the games your child is playing are all about?
Have a look here and find out more.
Staying safe online is very important. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps. Four steps:
1)Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
2)Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
3)Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
4)Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers
What are the key online risks?
Contact: children can be contacted by bullies or people who groom or seek to abuse them
Content: age-inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children
Conduct: children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information
Commercialism: young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites
Where can I find out more?
When you need to report something from the internet look out for this CEOP symbol. More information about CEOP can be found below.