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Primary schools are warning parents their children’s education is being damaged by the violent video game Fortnite.
Ministers may be forced to take urgent steps to prevent youngsters flouting age restrictions on the game.
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Teachers say pupils younger than Fortnite’s supposed age limit of 12 are becoming obsessed with the game, affecting their concentration in school.
And parents report how Fortnite turns normally placid children into belligerent thugs obsessed with guns and killing.
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The Mail has found schools across the country pleading with parents to stop children spending their days glued to the game.
It comes as MPs are considering introducing laws which could see companies fined for failing to police age restrictions.
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Last night, Culture Secretary Matt Hancock’s Parliamentary Private Secretary Nigel Huddleston said he was ‘horrified’ to hear stories of children becoming addicted to the game. The MP for Mid Worcestershire admitted friends of his 12-year-old son spoke of ‘nothing else’, although his own child does not play. He said: ‘The Government is going to be making it increasingly difficult for children to see inappropriate content.’ Recent cases highlighted the game’s ‘addictive nature’ and ‘the extent to which it quickly impacts behaviour’, he added.
During a game of Fortnite, players battle to survive on an island against strangers online – fighting and killing each other until one only person is left, hunting for weapons such as assault rifles along the way. It was given an age rating of 12 for ‘frequent scenes of mild violence’. Though the game is combat-focused, no blood is displayed on screen.
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On Sunday, it emerged a girl, aged just nine, was in rehab after becoming so addicted that she would wet herself rather than leave the screen.
Mr Huddleston described the situation as ‘horrifying’ and ‘horrendous’. He warned that developers of such video games must take responsibility for the potential impact of...
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