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Fortnite Chapter 2 release sparks warning from Canterbury's Barton Court Grammar School

A school has written to parents warning them of the dangers of a new release for hit video game Fortnite.

Barton Court Grammar School, in Canterbury, issued advice this morning in a bid to prevent pupils getting addicted to the multi-player game.

A screenshot from popular video game Fortnite
A screenshot from popular video game Fortnite

It comes following the launch of Fortnite Chapter 2, which has made available a host of new downloadable add-ons for hooked players.

Excitement around the game, which is rated 12-plus but played by many younger children, has spread around the globe following its release in 2017.

But concerns about violence have been a hot topic - and now Barton Court is warning parents of the potential dangers.

Sending out an email, the grammar school's deputy head shared the National Online Safety tips for parents.

The advice includes how best to limit time on the game and how to be wary of costly add-ons.

Barton Court Grammar School in Canterbury
Barton Court Grammar School in Canterbury

"Fortnite is at the forefront of gaming addiction discussions because it is so popular with young people," it reads.

"But whether it actually contributes to gaming addiction is up for debate.

"WHO (World Health Organisation) have classified gaming as a legitimate addiction, but this is not solely a concern with Fortnite.

"Signs of addiction can include irritability when not playing, lying about the amount of time played, and a preoccupation with thoughts of the next gaming session.

"Realistically, it must be down to parents and carers to recognise these symptoms and act accordingly if they think they are developing."

Barton Court has warned parents over the new release for Fortnite. Stock picture
Barton Court has warned parents over the new release for Fortnite. Stock picture

Fortnite is a 'battle royale' style game where up to 100 people compete in online matches to the death.

It is free to download, but players can spend money on items for their characters.

Details from National Online Safety state: "Fortnite has been rated by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board) as teen, as it contains cartoony violence and the weapons and acts depicted in the game are some way removed from their real life inspirations.

"Characters don’t draw blood when shot and instead of dying, they are simply younger than the recommended age limit will want to play the game and that should be at the discretion of parents and carers.

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