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posted August 27th 2018

You may well have heard your grandchild talk about Fortnite this summer; it’s a game that has gripped a whole generation of our grandchildren but how much do you know about it? We scoured the internet to find out a bit more about the game and found some great websites including the NSPCC. Here’s what we found out, we hope you find this helpful.

Your grandchild can play the game on most computers from Xbox and Playstation to the more traditional PC and they can also download on to a phone if they are old enough.

The object of the game is to be the final player standing. The game begins with 100 different players all parachuting on to an island. They have to find weapons to fight the other players who are hiding around the island. Along the way they can also chop down trees to build towers to hide from other players or to look out at the area below to spot other players. As time goes on the space in which players can play gets smaller, known as the ‘storm eye’, thus forcing players to play together.

Grandchildren can play the game with their friends over the internet and if your grandchild has headphones and microphone, they can also talk to their friends. This is definitely part of the mass appeal of the game.

As with any online game there are some things to be aware of. In-game purchases are possible although you have to register your bank details or bank card first. However, ensuring your grandchildren are only talking to their friends whilst playing the games is the biggest concern. You should talk to your grandchildren about this and if you are unsure you can disable voice and text contact. To turn off chat, click on the 3 small lines that site in the top right of the screen, select the settings icon, choose the ‘audio’ tab and go to ‘voice chat’ – you can then select ‘off’. You can also ask them to go through their friends list and tell you who they are.

For more information on Fortnite we would highly recommend visiting the NSPCC website.

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