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Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite is a popular survival action game where up to 100 live players can fight each other to be the last one standing. The game includes heavy violence but with little blood or gore. You can talk to other players using public, private and voice chat.

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Net Aware age recommendation

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Our overall rating for Fortnite: Battle Royale

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There are communication features available within the game including voice and text chat. This means your child could be at risk of speaking to someone they don't know. 

Fortnite does have parental controls available which will help you manage things like in-app purchases, voice chat and friend requests. Before you let your child play Fortnite, make sure to set these up and sit down with them and explore the game together. 

The game also contains cartoon violence that some children might upsetting.  We would recommend ensuring parental controls are in place if under 16s are playing this game.

Safety features

Fortnite is a multiplayer game that lets you play with up to 100 players. There are communication features available so you players can talk to each other while playing. This means there is a risk your child could talk to someone they don't know. 

There are parental controls available within Fortnite that let you: 

  • Switch off mature language filters. 
  • Decide whether your child can accept friend requests. 
  • Disable voice chat. 
  • Disable text chat. 

You can access these by selecting 'Parental controls' on the right-hand corner of the screen on your child's account. You will then be able to set up a pin that will required to change parental controls in the future.

We would also recommend setting up parental controls via Epic Games and on your child's device. 

Privacy & location

Fortnite does not share your location with other players. Other players can only see your username. Make sure to help your child decide an appropriate username that doesn't contain any personal information. 

Reporting & blocking

You can report other players on Fortnite via the Menu tab. However, there is no way to block other players. 

You might also want to check out the game's Community Rules for more information on how they're trying to keep the app a safe space. 

Content

The game contains cartoon violence that some children might find upsetting. We would recommend playing the game yourself or watching videos on YouTube of the game being played by others, before you decide to let your child play it. 

As there are communication features available on the app, there is also a chance that your child could hear or be sent something that upsets them if you don't disable the chat features. 

Fortnite players who use the video chat app Houseparty can link their Houseparty and Epic accounts and have their Houseparty video chat shown alongside their Fortnite game. You should be aware that Fornite parental control settings do not control any features within the Houseparty app. You can turn off the Houseparty video chat in the parental controls.

Top tips for staying safe

Sitting down with your child and exploring their favourite app or game is a great way for you to learn more about what they like to do online.

You can ask them why they like to use an app or play certain games, as well as who they’re talking to and what sorts of things they’re sharing.

You can also read our Net Aware reviews for tips on how to keep kids safe on popular apps, sites and games.

Fortnite has a range of parental tools which let you control things like filters on mature language and disabling voice chat.

You can read more about parental controls on Fortnite.

Take the time to explore these with your child, talking about the different features and why you might to use them.

Be aware of the Fortnite-Houseparty video streaming feature which allows Fortnite players to video stream to their Houseparty friends.  You can see more information here and here and some safety tips, including blocking and reporting.

Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline.

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You shouldn't give your number to somebody you don't know on the street. Is somebody online you don't know any different?”

Listen to their answers. And be positive and encouraging.

Remind them that they shouldn’t share private things, such as:

  • personal information, like names, emails, phone numbers, location and school names
  • other people's personal information
  • links to join private group chats
  • photos of themselves
  • photos of their body, such as sexual photos or videos.

Most gaming platforms allow you to chat with other players whilst you play the game. This can take place in chat boxes, both privately and publicly, or via voice or video call.

Make sure you check in with your child regularly about who they’re talking to on their favourite games. Remind them that conversations should only be about the game, and if someone starts asking them other questions or suggests they speak using another app like Snapchat or Instagram they should tell you.

Explore safety settings together like block, report and mute so your child knows how to stop unwanted contact or end an online chat if it's not about the game.

Be aware that some young people might use third-party apps like Discord and Twitch to talk to others via text, voice or video chat while gaming. Some games even have official verified forums for fans to share tips and talk about the game on these platforms.

We've also come across some unofficial chat add-ons available for players to download that enable them to chat with other gamers who live nearby.

Make sure to talk to your child regularly about the different apps they’re using to communicate with people online and who they’re playing with. It’s also important to remind your child to never share their location with anyone, especially if the other player lives nearby.

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

It’s important to remind your child that they can talk you, another adult they trust, like a teacher, or Childline about anything they see online.

O2 Guru top tip

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On Fortnite for kids

Talk to your child about turning off voice chat in Fortnite's settings to protect them from inappropriate language.

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