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Safeguarding - Fortnite

28th January 2019 Warning logo

As we aim to keep safeguarding of children a priority for everyone, we wanted to alert you to a growing trend with online gaming. Many of you may be aware of the risks around children playing the online game Fortnite, which has a 12 rating, but is played by much younger children. It can act as a chat room for people to contact one another who have never met, and communicate without any monitoring.

A more recent concern we have been made aware of is an emerging trend where people are playing ‘strip’ Fortnite using webcams. Those taking part in this game are removing some or all clothing when they achieve a ‘kill’ on the game, putting themselves and others at significant risk from being exposed to and/or sharing indecent images whilst playing the game. The issue is being reported increasingly around the country and we want to keep you informed of potential risks, so you can support your child(ren) in staying safe online.

We would encourage families with concerns to speak to their child (ren) about these issues and to report any known potentially harmless activities, so you can get advice. You can report concerns through CEOP.police.uk, or by calling the police directly. In addition, there is a wealth of advice on thinkyouknow.co.uk about enjoying online activities safely and avoiding risks. You can always contact Harehills Primary School if you need any advice or help. 

Janet Haywood

Pastoral Care and Safeguarding Lead