Last week, we reported that a Sydney based school had warned parents to ban Fortnite. And, that they should not allow their Year 5 students to play due to perceived concerns for children’s safety. We learned this thanks to an email that was anonymously forwarded to us. We now have an update.
The email from our report last week
Here we go again
The same source has now provided us with further information that it is not only Fortnite that the school has issues with, but also, the popular sandbox game Roblox.
The school cites that these games have been found to have a negative impact on the behaviour of children. Then, they link to a tweet from the Sunrise show. The following tweet includes a fearmongering anti-Fortnite story from their show that has already been decimated by the gaming media:
You may of heard of the video game @FortniteGame. The game groups you up in a team of 4 and allows you to speak to your ‘squad’.
Are you comfortable with your child speaking to strangers online? pic.twitter.com/h6l0PzEXa3
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) May 25, 2018
The email is as follows
While we agree that parents should take responsibility for the content and entertainment their children consume, this is beginning to look like an uneducated yet targeted attack on gaming within this particular school.
Read about the science behind gaming and addiction
Our own writer, Nate Bramley (teacher, science guy and gamer) has written a great look into gaming, addiction and the science behind it that can be found here.
Read about the “Ban Fortnite petition”
We’ve previously reported on a suspicious-looking petition that asked for Fortnite to be banned in Australia. Read it here.