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How to Save Your Kid from Fortnite Obsession? See What the Experts Have to Say!

By Zack Morris | Aug 23, 2018 02:40 pm

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Do you have kids who are old enough to play games on a computer screen? Well, if you are reading this, then probably yes. In case you have no idea about what we're talking here, Fortnight is a  shoot-them-up video game that has managed to turn almost every kid into a  gaming addict. Almost all kids these days are caught in the Fortnite obsession trap.

As a parent, you probably know that video game addiction is not a good thing. If your kid is also addicted to Fortnite,  you would probably want to know how to end the Fortnite addiction. In this article, you will find everything you need to know about Fortnight obsession and how you can eliminate it.

Part 1: What Is Fortnite? Why Is Your Kid So Obsessed with It?

 What Is Fortnite?

Fortnite is a video game where players get to shoot their way through the various levels available in the game. The Battle Royale which has been described as the close between The Hunger Games and Minecraft is the battle on Fortnite that appears to have made the most people have the Fortnite obsession. In this battle, 100 players will parachute out of an airplane and land on an island that has weapons on it. There is no story in the Battle Royale. The 100 players have to fight each other using the weapons available on the island until only one player is left standing. As the match progresses, the island shrinks. This brings the players closer and hence making the match even intense.

This game is appealing to kids because it appears less gory and more cartoonish. Even though players die, there is no guts or blood to be seen. The game does include dance moves which professional basketball players in the US copy in real life. The game keeps adding random fun items, for example, Dinosaur-inspired outfits. The game is also extremely easy for kids to access. It can be played on a range of game systems including mobile phones. The game is also 100% free. The kids can team up with their real-friends to play the game together online too.

Part 2: Why Should Parents Put a Stop to Fortnite Obsession?

 Why Should Parents Put a Stop to This?

The Age Limit

Fortnite was released last year. In the past one year, the game has managed to gain over 40 million players. The recommended age for playing this game is 13 years and above. Among the 40 million players who are addicted to Fortnite, too many kids are below the age of 13. As a parent, you are aware that the age limits are set in order to protect kids who are below that age limit. Therefore, if your kid is below the age of 13, you have to find a way to keep him/her from being hooked on Fortnite.

The Game is Violent

As we had mentioned earlier on, Fortnite does not have bloodshed in it even when the players die. However, the game still has a lot of violence in it. For example, in the Battle Royale, kids have to fight and kill each other's characters until only one is left standing. When the game is played by young kids, it has the potential to cause significant negative mental health effects which are known to result from playing excessively violent games. An example of such an effect is aggression.

It Interferes with Your Kid's Sleep

If your kid has a Fortnite addiction, you surely wouldn't believe that he or she does sleep when he/she is supposed to be sleeping especially when a screen is present in the bedroom. Fortnite is available even on smartphones. Probably, your kid has an iPhone. Why would he sleep at night when he could be killing other characters on Battle Royale at night and copying dance moves? While lack of sleep may not appear as a serious issue, it actually is. It will affect other areas of your kid's life. For example, the kid will utilize his class time to doze instead of paying attention.

It Affects Your Kid's Health

The first way the Fortnite obsession will affect your kid's health is through the overworked wrist and hand muscles. This could lead to both pain and injury. Also, do not forget that for kids to be healthy, they do not need to sit or stand in front of a screen. They need to participate in actual physical activities which are not possible while they are addicted to Fortnite.

Part 3: How to Deal With Teen Kids' Wasting their Time Because of Fortnite Obsession?

 How Do Parents Deal with Teen Kids

Talk to Your Kids

The very first thing you need to do is talk to your kids about being hooked on Fortnite. Encourage the kids to play the game in moderation. Encourage them to concentrate on the more important things. Be compassionate and show the kids that you are telling them this for their own good.

Set the Screens in Specific Areas

Set the screens where your kids can play Fortnite in areas of the house which are easy to access. This way, you will have the ability to know when the kid is playing too much. Also, if the kids know you are monitoring them, they will be more responsible even if they have the Fortnite addiction.

Limit Screen Time

Set the specific time when your kids are allowed to access the screens, whether it is their iPhones or a big screen in your living room where they can play Fortnite all day long. Also, ensure that your kids don't take their smartphones to the bedroom. If you think they need the smartphone to put alarms, you're wrong. Your smart kiddos will use the device to play all night.

Limit Internet Access

Fortnite is actually more fun when your kid is teaming up with his/her friends to play it online. If you limit internet access, your kid will not have the ability to play with the kids all the time. This will minimize the Fortnite obsession.

Additional Tip: How to Better Monitor Kids' Game Time on iPhone/iPad?

Using Screen Time (iOS 12)

Screen  Time is a feature introduced on iOS 12. This feature allows you to track how often your kid is using their iOS device. The feature will help you monitor the applications on which your kid is spending most time of their time and even the apps that are sending most of the notifications. This feature will allow you to set 'Down Time' and 'App Limits' too. To access 'Screen Time', you just need to  launch 'Settings' and then tap 'Screen Time.'

   Using Screen Time (iOS 12)

Using MoniMaster for Remote Monitoring

While a feature like Screen Time can be useful in helping you learn about your kid's iOS device usage, it is not a great choice when dealing with teenagers. Teenage kids value their privacy. It is possible to let your kid's think they have their privacy and still monitor their iOS devices. You can achieve this using a tool that monitors iOS devices remotely. The tool is known as MoniMaster.

MoniMaster Parental Control Tool, previously named Spymer, lets you view the apps available on your kid's iPhone and the data present in them. For example, you will get to see your kid's WhatsApp, Kik, WeChat, Viber, and other social media applications data. Also, you will get to view Safari history and bookmarks, the frequently contacted list, multimedia files available on your kid's device, and more. With MoniMaster, you will have access to more than 17 apps on the kid's device without having to install a spyware on the device.

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Summary

The Fortnite Obsession has no benefits. Not to you and not to your kids. We are not saying that kids should be denied the chance to play video games. What we are saying is that you need to keep them from becoming addicted. The best way to do this is to talk to them. You can use a secret tool like MoniMaster to monitor your kid's device usage so that you can offer them relatable advice.

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