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Fortnite is making children aggressive, schools warn parents ahead of Season 7 release

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Several schools have written to parents with concerns over Fortnite - saying it's changing kid's behaviour and creating 'anger, aggression, attitude and bad language’.

The multiplayer online game pits players against 99 others in a frantic fight for survival, where the last gamer standing is the winner.

But some parents and teachers have seen their children's behaviour change while playing.

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School officials say they are hearing kids talking about killing people in the game which is also causing bad behaviour in class.

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Several schools in Gloucestershire including Widden Primary, Gloucester, Prestbury St Mary's, Cheltenham and Foxmoor Primary, Stroud have written to parents.

The schools have seen pupils come in with special Fortnite bags and hooded tops after becoming fixated with the game, which has an official age rating of 12.

Year four teacher from Foxmoor, Hannah Beale said a member of staff who has children at the school suggested something should be done.

"Some children have been coming to the school telling their friends about shooting people in the game," said Mrs Beale.

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"I said to the headteacher I would send a letter to parents to make them aware of what their children may be looking at on the internet.

"It's getting to the point where children can buy costumes for their characters and it's leading to cyber-bullying. Players look for characters wearing certain things.

"It's quite scary where these things are going. I hear my children (year four) talking about it.

"It's not good to teach children you need to be the last one standing in games like this.”

Debbies Innes, deputy head at Widden Primary School, said this week they have held daily sessions for different age groups and their parents focusing on Fortnite.

"We have been talking to them about the behaviours we have seen in school, in particular in relation to anger, aggression, attitude and bad language.

"Fortnite is supposed to be for children aged 12 and above and they are picking things up from adults.

"Younger children find it difficult to distinguish between the game and real life. They are exposed to the aggression and violence.

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"We are asking parents 'do you know what your child is doing? Are they safe?

"It is something we have to take seriously. As with any safeguarding risk for children it's up to us and parents to work together.”

A spokeswoman for Prestbury St Mary's confirmed they had sent a letter to parents but they didn't wish to add anything further.

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