Wed. Jun 26th, 2019

Prince Harry wants ‘irresponsible’ Fortnite banned

Prince Harry meghan markle valentine'sPrince Harry made these comments during a royal visited to the YMCA in London.

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You’re probably one of the many people that have been swept away with the outpouring of love aimed at the Royal family recently. However, the family is set to lose a few points after Prince Harry spoke out about the popular game, Fortnite.

What is Fortnite?

Fortnite is the massively popular online game that has groups of players fighting it out for survival on a fictional in-game island. It’s become a global phenomenon since it’s release in July 2017.

The game is free to download, however, players can opt to spend money on in-game purchases. As reported by BBC, it currently has more than 200 million registered users worldwide.

The game involves lots of running around and shooting, and should really not be the first choice for parents when they’re deciding on the best ways for their kids to spend their spare time.

Speaking at an event at a YMCA in London on 4 April, Prince Harry said the game “shouldn’t be allowed,” and questioned the benefit it brings to households. He explains:

“A game like Fortnite, for instance, may not be so good for children. Parents have got their hands up; they don’t know what to do about it. […] It’s like waiting for the damage to be done and kids turning up on your doorsteps and families being broken down.”

Who is to blame: games or parents?

Shouldn’t parents be more aware of what their children are playing in the first place? And then engage in some parenting if they feel that games like Fortnite are dangerous or damaging for their children?

I don’t really see how we can blame the breakdown of the modern family – and by extension, society – on a game. Do parents really have no say in how their kids are spending their time?

“It’s created to addict – an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible,” adds the Prince.

No, Prince Harry, bad parenting shouldn’t be allowed. If the bar for banning things is that it has the potential for addiction, then we’re entering dangerous territory.

Watch: A father’s opinion

Children spend hours playing Pacman and Mario Bros, and in a few years, they’ll be spending hours doing something else. In the meantime, the vast majority of game-playing adults enjoy these games and still live healthy lives.

Perhaps it’s time to start looking at ways to make adults better at the game of parenting.

An expert’s opinion

Andrew Reid, a doctoral researcher of games at Glasgow Caledonian University, claims that Fortnite is not addictive. He added that using the term ‘addictive’ could stigmatise regular gamers.

Reid explained that researchers need to consider the reasons for regular or excessive game playing without referring to gamers as “addicts.” Reid adds:

“To do otherwise would be to stigmatise the medium as an evil to our society, despite a growing portfolio of video games and research that reinforce the positive characteristics of play and interactivity.”

He suggests that parents monitor their children’s gaming habits and encourage minors to play in moderation. He also encourages parents to pick up the controller every once in a while:

“I’d also suggest playing Fortnite yourself to understand why children might be interested in it, so that you can speak the same language and get on the same wavelength.”

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