If you have a pre-teen to teen you’ve probably heard lots of talk about Fortnite. Fortnite is an online game that has grown in popularity reaching more than 250 million registered users since it’s launch.
Now, Prince Harry Wants To Ban Your Kids From Playing Fortnite.
As a mom to a child that loves to play Fortnite, I don’t believe the game should be banned (although, hearing Fortnite talked about all day gets old). I do however, believe that kids need to be limited on the amount of video games they play. I personally believe it’s more about balance and discipline then removing video games altogether.
Prince Harry on the other hand, believes games like that “shouldn’t be allowed”.
He discussed how he believed that games such as Fortnite were addictive and irresponsible and claimed that parents don’t know what to do about their kids’ addiction to Fortnite.
“The game shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household? It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible.” – Price Harry, (Source)
And that’s the thing, can video games be addictive? Yes, but for kids – it’s also the responsibility of adults to prevent that from happening.
“Parents have got their hands up – they don’t know what to do about it,” he said. “It’s like waiting for the damage to be done.” (Source)
He’s not wrong to say that kids need to interact more with the outside world, that should be a given.
He also may be right that video games can become addictive but parents really need to be proactive and set boundaries on when and how long kids are online playing video games.
Again, it’s comes back to balance and having things in moderation.
My husband and boys are gamers, they love playing games alone, together and online with friends. However, we spend a great deal outside as a family going on walks, hikes, and being active away from technology so, I think we have a good balance.
So, what do you think? Is Prince Harry right that video games such as Fortnite should be banned?