Even if you aren’t into video games and rarely (if ever) play, you have heard of Fortnite. People talk about it all the time and it has spilled off the screen into our culture. This summer, while at a high school conference, some of our students were doing dance moves from Fortnite. Another student, from another youth group – a student we had not even met – started dancing along with our group. That is the power of Fortnite.
If you are a parent of Fortnite fanatic, you may have some questions about the game or concerns about the amount of time students spend playing the game. Here’s a good resource to help answer some of those questions and even create some conversation with your student.
The article highlights the fact that nearly 80 million people are plugged into the game and it is a place for students to connect with friends.
Years ago I heard a speaker talk about relationships of proximity (I’m friend with you because we live in the same neighborhood or attend the same school) and relationships of affinity (we are friends because we share common interests). Fornite has become a place for those relationships of affinity.
The article also links to an article from Common Sense Media that provides a guide for parents about the game.
If you are a parent of a Fortnite player, it would be worth the time to check out this resource or share it with a friend.