If your child plays videos games, chances are you have heard about Fortnite. Like many games, the social aspect of playing is a central theme of the game. While many parents look at the violent aspects of the game as the main concern, the truth is that this social aspect opens up some dangerous doors for your kids.
You may be tempted to believe that this is an exaggerated danger, but underage children have been offered money to perform a sex act while playing the game. You need to prepare your kids for what they will encounter whether at your house or a friend’s house.
Fortnite Voice & Chat
As a part of its social features, Fortnite has both voice and chat capabilities. Due to these kind of games, predators use online games as a means of targeting younger kids. While Fortnite allows for disabling the voice capabilities, it doesn’t allow for the disabling of the chat component. This means that the person your child is playing with has an unfiltered line of communication with your child that you cannot control.
We’ve often talked about how parents should pay attention to video game consoles. As social interaction during gameplay has risen, the controls for managing that experience have not kept up. If you have a child who plays online games, you need to ask them if they have encountered someone who asked them for something inappropriate online. You may be surprised with what you hear.
Prepare Your Kids
You can address these issues by having a conversation with your child. By driving home two key points you can help them deal with challenges that could occur when playing online. This applies to any type of online gaming including consoles, computers, and mobile devices.
- If anyone asks you for personal information online, you should reach out to your parent immediately. This includes phone number, social media accounts, address, and even their full name. Remind them that is isn’t ever ok to give this information to someone online.
- Remind your kids that they cannot trust the person on the other end of the conversation. Don’t assume anyone is who they say they are online. If someone online claims to be someone you know, you should verify in real life that they are who they say they are.
If you don’t trust your child with these items, the choice is clear. This just isn’t the game for your kids.
If you are interested in knowing how to put some privacy limits on child’s Xbox usage, checkout out Digital Parenting Minute episode which guides you through the process. We are working to expand our video game resources to cover additional platforms in the near future.