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For the uninitiated, you could be forgiven for thinking that Fortnite was just another game that kids like to play.

I mean, we played “video games when we were children in the 80s and 90s.

Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario, anyone?!

We seem to have a super breed now though where it’s all interactive and live where you can play online with your mates.

Which seems harmless enough, but the thing that winds me up about Fortnite is that you can’t just leave or save a game like the other ones because if you do, you “die.”

Have you tried telling a child it’s time for dinner when they’re in the middle of that bloody thing?!

By the time they come off, dinner is starting to get cold or they have a tantrum as they don’t want to finish.

It honestly does completely change behaviour and personality whilst they’re on it.

Answering back, bad attitude, swearing…..

In the case of the eldest, he’s not too bad and seems to be able to play in moderation and switch off.

The youngest though at age 11 is completely different.

Yes,  you’re technically supposed to be 12 to play it, but as there’s no gore and the player just “disappears” from the game when they’ve been shot, I thought it would be OK.

Little did I think to bank on the addictive side of the game and now have to put up with glassy stares, manic shakes of the joystick as he furiously tries to kill his opponents, and  rage when it’s time to finish.

So after putting up with one too many Fortnite induced tantrums, it’s been banned.

Apparently this makes me the “tightest parent ever” and that even his friends thought so when he told them he wasn’t playing it.

Do you know what? I don’t care.

He’s been banned a couple of weeks now from this game and you can tell a better sense of calm already.

It’s either being a tight parent who moderates screen time or one like in the news lately who let their children  play up to 10 hours a day and find them sat on a pee soaked cushion as the child in question couldn’t tear themselves away from the game in order to go to the toilet.

(I only wish I was joking. )

As it stands, life’s a lot calmer without Fortnite in it so that’s the way it’s staying.

If you have any thoughts about Fortnite or kids gaming in general, let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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