The NSPCC and O2 have launched new advice for parents of young people playing the multiplayer action survival game Fortnite: Battle Royale.
It comes amid concerns over a function in Fortnite which automatically allows users to speak to other players through voice and text chat functions. It means children can be contacted by anyone else who is playing the game.
Users can disable voice chat in the game via the setting menu, but the text chat function cannot be turned off. Research from NSPCC and O2 this week reveals that that one in four children have been contacted online by someone they don’t know. The research is based on reviews by children and parents of the most popular apps, sites and games currently on the market, featured on the Net Aware app and website.
Today’s Net Aware advice on Fortnite warns parents the game features cartoon violence, where players can use a variety of weapons, such as guns and axes, to kill other players, despite being rated as suitable for players aged 12+ by The App Store.
The NSPCC and O2 are offering parents the following advice:
Laura Randall, NSPCC’s associate head of child safety online, said “Apps, sites, and games such as Fortnite: Battle Royale can be great opportunities for young people to play and engage online.
“However, in light of emerging concerns about the risks children could be exposed to, we are urging parents to be aware of Fortnite’s features. It is vital parents have regular conversations with their children about the games they are playing, and how to stay safe online.
“Anyone looking for further online safety advice can contact the O2 NSPCC online safety helpline on 0808 800 5002 or pop into an O2 store where an O2 Guru can help.”
The Net Aware app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play. It can also be accessed online at www.net-aware.org.uk
ABOUT FORTNITE: BATTLE ROYALE
Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite: Battle Royale, says it does not direct the game to children under the age of 13 in the UK.
The PEGI rating for Fortnite: Battle Royale is 12-years-old. However, PEGI does not take chat features into consideration when rating games.
The App Store says that users must be 12+ to play.
Players can add friends in the mobile game if they have an account with Epic, the game’s developer. Friends can be added by username in the game’s main menu.
There is a chat feature in the game that allows users to contact each other using voice or text. You can disable voice chat in the game by selecting the 3 lines in the top right of the screen, select the settings icon, choose the ‘Audio’ tab at the top of the screen and go to the ‘Voice Chat’ option, where you can select ‘Off’.
There is cartoon violence in the game. You can use a variety of weapons to kill other players, such as guns and axes.
There are in-app purchases, which can become expensive.
Players can be reported to the Player Support team if you are concerned about activity or behaviour.
P6/7 will be hosting the World Premiere of Aberfoyle: A Brief History on Tuesday 24th April at the Forth Inn at 7pm. All parents are welcome along to see all the wonderful research the children have put in to their topic.
Sports day will be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 1pm. Time to get those trainers on and start training for the all important parent's race!
The minutes of the Aberfoyle Parents meeting which took place at the Forth Inn on Friday 23 February are available to be viewed here.
FAB (Friends of Aberfoyle and Buchlyvie Medical Centres), would very much like to get younger members of the community actively involved in the FAB committee. We feel the Committee needs to be more representative of the community it serves. It would be great to have some local parents on board!
If you are interested in finding out more please get in touch with
Catherine Love firstname.lastname@example.org or 387743
Our next Open Door Session will take place from 3-4pm in the Discovery Zone on Thursday 7th December.
This is an informal drop-in sessions where you will have the opportunity to discuss anything which is on your mind, offer ideas and suggestions, clarify anything you are unsure of or simply meet the staff and other parents! Aberfoyle Primary School has long had an open-door policy and the staff are keen to make as many parents as possible aware of this and encourage open communication between the school and parents.
If there is anything at all that you would like to chat to the teachers about or if you would like to find out more about what Aberfoyle Parents does then please drop in. We look forward to talking with you!
A meeting will be held at 3pm on Wednesday 16 May at the school. This will be a meeting between the parent body and teachers to catch up on the latest news and events as the academic year comes to a close. All welcome!
Aberfoyle Parents would like to thank all helpers, parents and local businesses for their support at the Summer Fair on Sat 26 May.
Aberfoyle Deli & Butcher very generously donated burgers, sausages and rolls to our BBQ from which we were able to raise over £200! A big thank-you to Trevor!
Thanks are also due to Benview Garden Centre, David McPhie and William Blackhurst for their donations to the gardening stall. Thank you to all the parents who gave up time to help set up, run stalls and clear away. None of this could happen wothout you!
The full totals from all the other stalls run by Aberfoyle Parents are not yet in but it was a successful year and even the weather was kind to us. All funds raised will go towards supporting class trips for all age groups in the school throughout the year.
An Easyfundraising account has been set up for Aberfoyle Parents. You can raise money for Aberfoyle Parents by shopping online through the Easyfundraising website and it won't cost you anything extra! To join please go to
Mobile apps are available for iPad, iPhone and Android. Happy shopping!
The Health & Eco committee are looking for parent helpers to work alongside the children on Wednesday 26th October and every fortnight after, between 9.45am & 10.30am creating wonderful fruity delights for the children to purchase from the healthy tuck shop. If anyone can assist please can you contact the school asap.
The running club will be starting again on Tuesday 6th September 2016 between 12.15pm 12.45pm. Children are asked to bring a spare PE kit, towel and gym shoes as we will be running in all weathers.
Two Aberfoyle dads are in the process of setting up a Cub Scout group in the village. Cubs are for boys aged 8-10 ½ years, with a typical meeting consisting of a wide range of activities designed to be interesting and challenging, and plenty of time spent outdoors! If you are interested in becoming a cub leader, a parent helper or have previous cub leadership experience, then please contact Wynne Rees on email@example.com.
Thank you to the many parents who continue to support us by placing unwanted clothing and shoes in the RagBag bin. This is a valuable source of funds for Aberfoyle Parents. If you find that the bin is full when you want to drop goods off please take them home again and wait until the bin has been emptied. Any bags left next to it will not be uplifted and will have to be thrown away if they get wet. Lynne Steele keeps an eye on the bin and calls RagBag to have it emptied when it is nearly full. Please feel free to get in touch with Lynne if the bin needs emptied. It is amazing how quickly it fills! Thank you for your support.
Please note that RagBag now only collect wearable clothes, paired shoes, handbags and belts.
The following items are no longer accepted: