Epic Games’s Fortnite has become so popular across all age groups, but especially with younger players. The game has attracted 125 million players as of June. In some families, however, it’s so popular with their kids that they refuse to do anything but play it. Now parents are turning to online Fortnite Facebook support groups to try and get help curbing their children’s gaming addiction.
With school now back and kids not being able to play all hours of the night or day, parents are desperate for tips and tricks to acknowledge their child’s love for the game without it completely overtaking their real-life responsibilities. NBC News has discussed the problem of kids trying to squeeze in a quick game even right before school.
Parents are also using the game to reward their kids for good behavior, doing chores, and doing well in school. The game’s in-game currency known as “V-Bucks” are now replacing traditional allowance.
Adam Pletter is a child psychologist and the parent of a 10-year-old Fortnite player. He is also the creator of a Facebook support group. According to Pletter, when he’s offline and working at his practice, he hears about Fortnite practically every day.
The website he started, iParent101, is meant to help parents who aren’t tech-savvy to relate to their kids while also limiting their screen time. Pletter also explains some of the terms used in Fortnite so parents have a better understanding of the game itself.
“I’ve played several times, and I’m awful at it. I feel like I’m 140 years old when I play, but my son is there laughing at me and he’s teaching me how to play,” Pletter said. “I’d rather parents understand the game on a basic level so it doesn’t sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher noise and kids ignoring them until parents get really mad[.]”
It is definitely a new world we live in for parents with kids who actively play Fortnite or other similar games and just can’t seem to pull their kid away. These groups and also the website Pletter runs offer e-courses that cost about $197 to help parents out.
He also offers the following tips:
According to the Facebook group he runs, they are putting up a 17-page Fortnite guide for parents that will be available as a PDF, no word on whether it will be free or not yet. Kudos to him and these online support groups to give parents some piece of mind and ideas to get their kids away from the game and out into the fresh air, and to also find a healthy balance between the two.
What do you think about these online Facebook Fortnite support groups? Are you a parent of a kid who is seemingly addicted to Fortnite? Let us know in the comments.