9-year-old girl sent to rehab for 'Fortnite' addiction

Donna Miller
June 14, 2018

Soon afterward she downloaded Fortnite, a popular survival game developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly, reported Scottishpaper the Daily Record. Apparently, ever since she got the Xbox, Carol's grades began to drop and had trouble staying awake during classes.

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 woman said that she and her husband made a decision to seek help when they've discovered Carol sitting on a urine-soaked cushion. "She was so hooked on the game she wouldn't even go to the toilet", said Carol.

According to the Mirror, the nine year old girl would play Fortnite for up to 10 hours each day, playing through the night and making it so she would fall asleep at school.

She added: "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". "We got called in by her head teacher asking if everything was okay".

The furious parents confiscated the Xbox, but the child reportedly lashed out and hit her father in the face.

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.

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.

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According to MailOnline, parents have told of how children of a placid demeanour have become more aggressive, developing an obsession with guns and killing, after playing the game. These in-game purchases help boost performance.

But after her father discovered her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion, the child came clean about her addiction. The girl preferred to wet herself rather than leave the game and go to the bathroom.

The youngster is now working to get her life back on track.

Child psychologists believe kids could develop mental health problems if they become too exposed to the game.

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

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

The family contacted an addictions counselor and the girl was admitted for psychotherapy.

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