UK Child Sent to Rehab Because She Was Too Addicted to Fortnite

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Saying that the girl spent at least 10 hours a day playing Fortnite - a figure that some might consider a rookie number but one that's still quite a bit for a girl of her age - the girl's mother elaborated on the situation.

According to a report from The Mirror, everything seemed normal when the girl's parents purchased her an Xbox One for Christmas of a year ago. However, by mid-march, her school reported her slacking and snoozing in the class. "We got called in by her head teacher asking if everything was OK". She had fallen asleep twice in lessons and her grades were slipping.

The girl's parents noticed their daughter had made purchases worth £50 a month using their credit cards, leading them to confront her. The final solution was to reduce her playing hours, but it still didn't work out.

'My husband saw her light on in the night and found her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion playing the game. I found her backside was red raw. "She was so hooked to the game she wouldn't even go to the toilet", the child's mother said, via the Daily Mail.

Epic's latest free title has gained a lot of traction, especially amongst the younger lot due to its open world shoot-em-up style of gameplay.

Since Fortnite was released last July, over 150 million people worldwide have launched it. The girl was taken to an addictions counsellor, Steve Pope, who said that this wasn't the first time that he's had parents raise concerns about Fortnite to him when it comes to their children.

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The therapist said: "I know bright kids who will fail their exams this summer because of Fortnite, kids who are stealing from their parents and friends to pay for the extras, kids who urinate in bottles because they can't bear to leave the game".

Video games, like many other forms of entertainment, can result in an unhealthy obsession or addiction.

Recent cases highlighted the game's "addictive nature" and "the extent to which it quickly impacts behaviour", he added.

Andy Robertson, gaming expert of the online safety group Internet Matters, offers five tips for parents to keep their child safe while playing Fortnite.

Make sure you check the game's online communication settings so you are satisfied that your child is not talking to strangers.

Agree with your child on how long you think is appropriate to play the game once you understand how the game works.

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