FORTNITE: HOW TO BE SAFE WHILE PLAYING AND PARENTS SHOULD DO?

Fortnite:How to be safe while playing and what parents should do?

Introduction-

  • Fortnite is the biggest hit of 2018 and has gathered tens of millions of fans competing to be the last one standing at the end of each round. The Fortnite game’s spirited visuals and attainable gameplay have also attracted a broad audience from all spheres of life.
  • Fortnite is the newest game for teenagers to fly to. 
  • It offers a knife-edge gun battle that requires practice, skill, teamwork and fast reactions. The challenge for parents is to reduce risks and maximise benefits from the game Fortnite. 
  • Screen time, stranger chat, rage at losing and mounting costs can seem unconquerable but with the right advice, this is a game that parents can make healthy and valuable for their children.

For parents wondering if Fortnite is safe for their children, they should follow these steps-.

  • Parents should speak to their children often about what they are executing online. It is very important that children should come forward if they have experienced something they feel is concerning or upsetting. This can be something seen on screen (either part of the game, or in-game messages) or abuse heard via voice chat.
  • Parents should also know what their kids like to do when gaming and online. What is it about these activities that makes them fun? Do they understand how to stay safe online? If a parent can build a bond of trust with their child, they are more likely to be able to spot when something is off, and the child needs support.
  • It is also very much advised that rules are agreed between the family about when and what sites, apps and games are appropriate.
  • In the case of Fortnite, it is possible to disable voice chat so children won’t hear from any strangers that might have evil motives. But at this time, it is impossible to turn off in-game text chat. This means children could be potentially targeted by predators so keeping track of activity does make sense, especially given Fornite’s popularity.

What are the best ways to keep kids safe online?

  • The best ways to keep kids safe online is to speak to them about how to stay safe on the Internet, filter what they see and where they can go and monitor your child’s Web browsing. 
  • Make sure your kids know that people on the Internet may not be who they say they are. 
  • Teach them to never share their personal information to anyone. 
  • Be sure they clearly understand that messages or pictures they send are not truly private or unidentified and that friends might forward them to others. 
  • Also make them explain that school administrators and eventually employers sometimes look at their online profiles, so they have to understand the potential long-term inculpation of their actions.
  • It is a very good idea to set expectations for online behavior and then monitor what they are doing. You can look at their browser history to see where they have been doing for the past few days. 
  • You also have a lot of options for filtering what your children can see and where they can go online. Some browsers have built-in features, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer Content Advisor and Apple Safari Parental Controls although Firefox users have to download a plug-in. 
  • Many Internet service providers which include Cablevision’s Optimum Online, Verizon’s FiOS, AOL and others also provide free downloadable parental control software which often include anti-virus and anti-spyware competence. 
  • There are many other security software programs that have been built for just this purpose.

How do I know if the website that my child visits is safe?

  • The 1st step to ensure that the websites your children are visiting are very safe. 
  • You  also have to supervise their online activity so you always know what they are doing and when. 
  • Beyond that, there are a number of ways that can help you to monitor your kids online so they don’t run into any security issues. 
  • There are many other software tools available that can help you, such as NetNanny, McAfee Family Protection, and CyberPatrol
  • These tools can filter out unpleasant images, monitor children’s online activity, limit the amount of time your child spends online and even block their ability to send out personal information.

How do I know if my child is chatting with strangers online?

If your child uses the internet often such as using instant messenger and talking to friends in chat rooms, the chances are that a stranger may have tried to talk to them. And while you have taught your kids not to talk to strangers, they don’t always know that the same rules apply online. These are some of the ways that you can find out what your kids are doing online:

1. Start having a conversation with them- A good place to start is to find out what your kids do online and what they know about privacy and safety. Ask them to show you their sites and help them review privacy settings and keep the conversation going.

2. Develop age-appropriate rules– This is easier for younger children.. If you have older children, you still need to make sure your kids understand risks and how to avoid them, how privacy protection works and your behavior expectations as well.

3. Start young– As with other important life lessons, try to get ahead of the curve. Educate them early and put limits in place, gradually relaxing boundaries as they get older. If they are older, treat them maturely but candidly as you do with other important topics.

4. Take interest-Spend time online together at the sites they visit and draw your own conclusions. If your main goal is keeping them safe, focus on teaching them basics that not to trust strangers, keep personal information private, what is inappropriate to post online and understanding how to set privacy controls. Just knowing that you are involved will help.

How do I educate my child against chatting online with strangers?

  • Today, kids can do more than just chat with typed words in chat rooms. New technologies and online capabilities have now brought a new era of video-based chat in our lives, which can be useful and fun with family and friends but isn’t appropriate for chatting with strangers.
  • If you would like to allow your children to access chat rooms, the most important thing to tell your children about online chatting is that people aren’t necessarily who they say they are online and do not trust anyone. 
  • Some other important rules to teach your children in regards to IM and chat rooms:

• Never ever use your real name

• Never ever share any of your personal information, like where they live, what school they go to or even what football team they are on

• Never meet anyone an online stranger in person

• Talk to you if they are disturbed by anything in a chat room

• Save a print a copy of any inappropriate chatting

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