Banned for Fortnite Crimes


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Fortnite is one of the most popular online multiplayer games to date. With over 250 million registered players, the game has taken the game industry and pop culture by storm. Those of you unfamiliar with Fortnite still might be familiar with the wacky dances that have been popularized by Fortnite such as the floss, orange justice and more.

However, because of Fortnite’s popularity, many people, especially parents, fear that Fortnite has been too popular in recent days. They cite that their children have become addicted to the game and often spend each waking hour playing Fortnite instead of doing other activities or studying.

Many people claim that video games in general have become addictive and need to be banned or stopped. Recently, a mother has claimed to have put her child into rehab because of his addiction to Fortnite. Prince Harry of England has recently come out to say that he wanted to ban Fortnite in the UK, stating that it has become more addictive than alcohol. Prince Harry even asks, “What is the benefit of having Fortnite in your home?”

But by that logic, what is the benefit of having anything fun in your home? I don’t play Fortnite, but I play Final Fantasy XIV sometimes for several hours in one day, “wasting my time.” Does that mean it should be banned too?

It is my belief that people fail to realize the video game is not at fault, rather the people themselves. A video game should not be banned just because people are addicted to it. If that was the case, then alcohol, cigarettes, chocolate, and any other addictive thing should be banned as well. All things should be enjoyed in moderation, -including video games.

Parents should especially be conscious of how long their children are spending in front of the electronic device and monitor their usage. They should also teach their children self-discipline and recognize when it is time to put the controller down.

Prince Harry shouldn’t be banning Fortnite, but releasing resources for children and adults to help them set boundaries instead, so that they can avoid addiction and live a fuller life. Be more wary of what your child is doing and avoid placing a gaming system in their room. Set a timer on your child’s computer or make sure to block certain websites if the child is using the computer for homework.

There are much better ways to monitor and help your child (or yourself) recognize a problem with video games instead of banning it outright. You can still have fun, but identify when it’s time to stop. Creating resources will reduce the amount of stories we hear about children becoming addicted to Fortnite or to video games in general.


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