Red Hall Primary

Red Hall

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Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Online Game – Fortnite

 

We are becoming increasingly aware and concerned that a lot of our children, some as young as 3-year-old, are talking about regularly playing on a game called Fortnite.

 

Unfortunately, discussions around this game are being brought into the classroom which is distracting children from their learning, with many children talking about the violence within the game.

 

Here is some information for you below so that you are aware as parents, what the game is about: –

 

What is Fortnite all about?

It offers a knife-edge gun battle that requires practice, skill, teamwork and fast reactions, but in the form of a cartoon. Parents need to be aware of the amount of screen time, stranger chat, rage at losing and escalating costs of in-app purchases

 

What is the age rating for Fortnite?

In the UK the Video Standards council rate Fortnite as PEGI 12 for frequent scenes of mild violence.

I-Tunes rates the game only suitable for children 12+ for Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence and Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information.

 

As parents, you know your children better than any rating body and can use this information to make an informed decision.

 

Monitoring who they are talking to?

Along with suitability, it’s worth checking the online communication settings on the game to ensure children aren’t talking to strangers.

 

Setting time limits on Fortnite:

Finally, it’s important to have some limits in terms of play time for the game. This is something you can agree with your child once you understand how the game works.

 

We have ‘banned’ any talk of the game during school when they should be learning as NO CHILD within our school is over the age of 12.

For further information and support with this game I have added some links on our website plus this link to a Safer Internet Website.

 

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/parents-guide-fortnite-battle-royale

 

 

I am sorry to have to write to parents/carers again about this and hope you will support us on this matter.

 

 

 

 

Julie Davidson

Headteacher

 

Fortnite parents guide leaflet 2018

Fortnite Fact sheet for parents

 

 

Twitch 

In our recent Healthy Lifestyle Survey, it was identified that twelve of our Year 5 and 6's use Twitch. It has a guidance of 13+.

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