Young Girl Enters Rehab for Fortnite Addiction

Young Girl Enters Rehab for Fortnite Addiction

A nine-year-old girl from United Kingdom definitely crossed the line of fandom, as she had to go to rehab to treat her Fortnite addiction.

And now teachers are saying that pupils younger than Fortnite'sage rating of 12 years old are becoming obsessed with the game and it's having an impact on their concentration in school.

The unidentified girl reportedly downloaded the game after she received an Xbox One in January and quickly became hooked.

One headteacher, Jemma Garside, who runs a primary school in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, sent an email to parents where she wrote: "Unfortunately discussions around this game are being brought. into the classroom which is distracting children from their learning". "She is in therapy for the addiction after she became withdrawn, agitated and disturbed from playing up to ten hours a day - sometimes playing until dawn, wetting herself so she didn't have to leave the screen".

Once a keen sportswoman, the youngster starting saying she was too exhausted to do gym or ballet classes and avoided going to church on Sunday with her family.

Fortnite is free to download, but its developers make money from in-game purchases made by players who have become hooked to the game.

"Of course we were furious and confiscated her Xbox", said her mother.

But after her father discovered her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion, the child came clean about her addiction. She had wet herself because she didn't want to go to the bathroom in the middle of the game.

Counsellor Steve Pope, who is treating the girl, told the paper that the game is a "gateway" into further addictions and gambling in later life. These alone aren't enough to signify a Fortnite addiction as many gamers go through some version of his, but other symptoms such as neglecting her own basic needs and lashing out at her father were also mentioned by Mirror in the following list.

The child's mother added: 'I urge every parent out there to know what this game can do, how it sucks young children in and could ruin lives'.

The game has been endorsed by celebs, sparking fears among mental health experts its promotion is leading to record numbers of online addiction.

Fortnite's most popular format is the Battle Royale, in which 100 players fight each other until one is left standing.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that addictive online shooter games like Fortnite can have a damaging impact on children.

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