National Online Safety has created a useful guide for the whole school community for the game that is sweeping the nation.
Over the past few months, a rapidly increasing number of children are playing the game ‘Fortnite’, making its Battle Royale mode “the most played online game in the world.”
As with all online gaming, there are a number of risks that need to be considered in order to ensure children and young people are effectively protected.
National Online Safety provides regularly updated resources for the whole school community according to the latest trends and have therefore created a guide to educate school staff and parents about Fortnite: Battle Royale. The guide explains what the game is all about and some online safety issues to consider, with the aim to protect children whilst playing the game.
In short, ‘Fortnite – Battle Royale’, is a free to play section of the game ‘Fortnite’. The game sees 100 players dropped on to an island from a ‘battle bus’ where they have to compete until one survivor remains. The last remaining player on the island wins the game. Players have to find items hidden around the island, such as weapons, to help them survive longer in the game.
To make the game harder, there is an added twist called ‘the storm’, which reduces the size of the island from the start of gameplay, making the players closer together in proximity. The game is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac and iOS.
Separately, respected tech journalist Stuart Dredge has written a piece on Medium that offers advice to parents who are concerned about the impact the game might be having on their kids.