UK Child Sent to Rehab Because She Was Too Addicted to Fortnite

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2018

This news isn't brand new either, because back in March one mum warned people about the dangers of the game, claiming it "changed" her 10-year-old son. Apparently, ever since she got the Xbox, Carol's grades began to drop and had trouble staying awake during classes.

The parents bought their daughter an Xbox in January and shortly after she downloaded Fornite - which is free to download but players pay for in-game purchases to boost their performances.

And it was only after her dad found her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion that she came clean about the extent of her addiction and started intensive therapy sessions. She had fallen asleep twice in lessons and her grades were slipping. "She is in therapy for the addiction after she became withdrawn, agitated and disturbed from playing up to ten hours a day-sometimes playing until dawn, wetting herself so she didn't have to leave the screen", Carol said.

'This is a serious issue which is destroying our little girl's life and someone needs to step in to ban it before it becomes an epidemic'. A post on the school's website said: "We've heard some of our children, including in Year 3, are playing a game online called Fortnite. if your child is playing this game talk to them and make sure you know what they are doing". To this, she reacted with aggression, hitting her father as he took the console away.

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.

When they confronted their daughter about it, she said she had paid for extras on the Fortnite game.

After noticing payments totalling £50 per month coming off their credit card to Microsoft, the couple realised the depth of their daughter's addiction. This apparently made her so furious that she hit her father in the face.

Therapist Steve Pope, who is treating the troubled girl, slammed the game as a "gateway" into further addictions and gambling in later life.

And experts fear many children are at risk of developing mental health problems as a result of over-exposure to violent and addictive video games.

And professional gamers are making up to £500,000 (NZ$953,000) a month from live-streaming their matches for addicted children to watch.

The game has been endorsed by a large number of celebs who regularly upload videos of them playing the game.

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