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

Doris Richards
June 14, 2018

The average person may not have to worry about video game addiction, but it is a problem for some, including a nine year old girl who has now entered rehab for being addicted to Fortnite.

But it was mid-March when they began to suspect something was wrong after teachers at their daughter's school voiced their concerns over her sleeping in lessons and her ailing grades.

The girl's father told the reporter that when he first confronted her about her Fortnite addition, Carol was very aggressive.

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.

Eventually, things got to a point where the child was found sitting on a cushion soaked in urine. "She was so hooked to the game she wouldn't even go to the toilet", Carol explained.

"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".

The girl is said to have wet herself during a 10-hour-long binge on Fortnite - and even hit her dad in the face when he tried to take away her Xbox console. 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".

She complained she was too exhausted to go to gym or ballet class, and Carol began noticing there were regular payments to Microsoft on their credit card, of about £50 a month. In the United Kingdom, a 9-year-old's passion for Fortnite made her punch her father and wet the couch.

She tearfully confessed she had been getting up in the middle of the night while they were asleep, sometimes playing the game until 5am.

"Over the last two months I've been contacted by dozens of parents with children as young as 8 showing signs of addiction to 'Fortnite, '" Steve Pope, a counselor, told the Mirror.

A child's Fortnite addition sent her to a rehab clinic.

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

The multiplayer shooting game's most popular format sees 100 people jump out of a plane to land on an island and fight until only one is left.

Recent cases highlighted the game's "addictive nature" and "the extent to which it quickly impacts behaviour", he added.

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