The popular game Fortnite releases a brand new season this week. Here is what you need to know about all the seasons and if Fortnite is appropriate for your child.
You can find out more about the features and risks of Fortnite on our previous Net Aware Fortnite newspage.
What are seasons?
Fortnite: Battle Royale has a storyline, which develops and is released in seasons. The story in Fortnite doesn’t have a traditional narrative; it evolves through new themes which are expressed via major events occurring at the end of each season. The seasons are typically released every two to three months and include new features such as different designs, additional items like weapons, new maps and fresh challenges to take on.
Fortnite is available to play as a mobile app (both iOS & Android), on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Mac and the Nintendo Switch. It is a cross platform game, meaning you could be playing on a Nintendo Switch, against someone who is playing on a PlayStation.
Is Fortnite: Battle Royal appropriate for my child?
Apps stores such as Google play and Apple’s app store determine their own age ratings and PEGI determines age suitability for platforms such as Xbox, PS4, PC and Nintendo. For Fortnite, both Apple and PEGI have rated Fortnite suitable for children aged 12 and over. However, PEGI does not take into consideration the chat features in games, therefore children could be exposed to inappropriate language from other players.
Follow our TEAM tips to help keep your child safe online when playing online games:
- Talk to your child regularly about what they’re doing online and how to stay safe. Let them know they can come to you or another trusted adult if they’re feeling worried or upset by anything they have seen. You can use our conversation starters to support you when starting these conversations.
- Explore your child’s online activities together. Understand why they like playing certain games and make sure they know what they can do to keep themselves safe.
- Agree your own rules as a family when using sites, apps and games. You can use our Family Agreement template to help you get started.
- Manage your technology and use the settings available to keep your child safe. If you need support doing this, you can visit an O2 Guru in any O2 store or call the O2 NSPCC Advice Line on 0808 800 5002.
Visit an O2 Guru in store
Our O2 online safety Gurus are NSPCC trained advisors based in O2 stores across the UK. They can help you to set up a device so that it’s safe for your child, including enabling parental controls. The service is free of charge regardless of your network. Book your appointment with an O2 Guru today.
Call our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Advice Line
If you have a question about parental controls or a concern about a social network your child uses, O2 expert advisors, trained by NSPCC, are here to help. Call them for free on 0808 800 5002. They are open Monday to Friday, between 9am and 7pm.
Visit the NSPCC website
If you are looking for more online safety support, in addition to Net Aware we also have a wide range of resources, information and support, all to help keep your kids safe online. Just head to the online safety section of the NSPCC website.