About sharing image copyrightGetty Images image captionOnline games like Roblox and Fortnite allow players to talk to interact with each other via online chat An Armagh primary school has warned parents not to let their children play two popular online games unsupervised.
There is concern that they may not know exactly with whom they are playing - or chatting. Roblox and Fortnite allow players to interact with each other via online chat. Armagh Christian Brothers Primary told parents of the "absolute need" to supervise their children if they were playing either game.
Games platform Roblox and the survival game Fortnite are among the most popular sites for children and young people. Its principal, Kevin O'Neill, said Roblox and Fortnite were very attractive games for children of all ages.
Mr O'Neill said that whilst Roblox "taps into 's imagination" the downside is that "they can be interacting with people who are not who they say they are". Parental involvement 'critical' Mr O'Neill said a ed up approach is needed between schools, parents and the authorities to tackle the issue of internet safety. The National Crime Agency has tweeted a warning about the voice and text chat features of Fortnite.
Fortnite is immensely popular with children and teenagers across the country. It features voice and text chat which cannot be turned off, so it's important that parents and teachers understand that risks broader risks associated with the game and enable safe playing.
View original tweet on Twitter However Fortnite said users could disable chst chat on all platforms. Roblox said there were extensive parental controls on its games fortnite chat room that parents should take the time to review all settings for their child's. The platform also said it had moderation controls and tighter restrictions for children aged 12 and under.
Our safety team reviews every ed image, video, and audio file used within our games to make sure they are safe and age appropriate," said a spokesperson.