Is Fortnite Safe?
- What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is a free shooter game designed by Epic Games. It has become one of the most popular games among kids this year. 100 users are dropped from a plane onto an island and the goal is to be the last one alive. You can work with friends and teams or go solo. You can pick up items throughout the island to help you.
- Does it cost?
It is free to play, but you can purchase additional items and challenges to help you play.
- Is it safe to give Fortnite access to my banking info?
There are several reports of Fortnite accounts being hacked. The best way to deal with this is to use prepaid gift cards rather than your bank account. It also has the added benefit that your kids cannot spend unlimited amounts and teaches them something about spending as they have limited budgets.
- How about online predators?
There are lots of reports of creepy people in the game. The best bet is to educate your kids about what to say and not to say to strangers. Give them some guidelines about avoiding the release of personal information such as age, where they live, what school they go to, etc. The game is a great place to meet some friends, but use caution and teach that to your kids.
- How do you protect your kids account?
First use prepaid gift cards rather than your bank account. Second if your child has a phone, you can turn on 2 factor authentication. The way this works is when your child logs in, a notification is sent their phone which they must confirm. This means that no one else except the person with their phone can play the game. Have conversations with your kids about not giving their password to anyone, not even friends and especially not online. Teach them about phishing scams and how others can trick them into giving them their password.