A mum is calling on a video game to be banned because she believes she’s ‘lost’ her 10-year-old son to it.
Leo appeared alongside his mum, Suzanne, on ITV‘s This Morning.
Suzanne told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby he now finds ‘normal life boring by comparison’, and said his moods had changed since he started playing the game.
Watch the interview here:
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Before [Fortnite] he’d go up for an hour to play on his Xbox then he’d come back down and join in with the family.
But then Fortnite came along, it’s [for age 12s] and Leo’s nearly 11, I’m not super strict.
Suzanne said she’d noticed changes in his moods just after Christmas, shortly after he’d received the game, saying:
It took a couple of weeks. I’m strict with time, two hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I never had to enforce that with Fifa, but with this, I’d go up at 7.45pm and he’d be yelling he’s not ready.
This game sucks you in and you don’t want to die, it’s just so exciting.
Suzanne said she’d had to take ‘desperate measure’ as she became increasingly concerned for Leo’s well-being.
I had to tell him you’re not acting the way you normally act. The game is so full of energy and adrenaline that when you pull them off, they’re screaming at the television; they’re hiding, they’re calling each other, they’re living in it with their friends.
Viewers didn’t beat around the bush when they were commenting on the interview on social media.
Many of them believed, as a parent, Suzanne should be tougher and stop Leo playing the game altogether,
One person wrote:
You haven’t lost your son! YOU as a PARENT have not taken control of the situation and have not reinforced the rules to your son!
Might I add I can imagine worse things your son could be addicted to…. like heroin, cocaine and PUBG.
#ThisMorning You haven't lost your son! YOU as a PARENT have not taken control of the situation and have not reinforced the rules to your son! Might I add I can imagine worse things your son could be addicted to…. like heroin, cocaine and PUBG ?? #Fortnite #VictoryRoyale pic.twitter.com/htIR7uNZES
— VENOM FOX (@VenomFox93) March 7, 2018
Imagine thinking a game like Fortnite is endangering your child..if you think it’s really a problem maybe don’t let a kid play a game that has a certain age rating or you know… be a parent and take control of the situation.
Imagine thinking a game like Fortnite is endangering your child..if you think it’s really a problem maybe don’t let a kid play a game that has a certain age rating or you know.. be a parent and take control of the situation. #ThisMorning pic.twitter.com/hhBhnyzkZV
— Lauren (@LaurenP96x) March 7, 2018
— Rich Lane (@RicoLaney) March 7, 2018
Leo, who’s since had the game confiscated, said he felt his life had ‘improved’ since it was taken away.
It’s fun, you can have your mics and talk and try to kill people and come first. [But] after a day or two I was like ‘this is kind of nice to not have it’.
Tip: There’s an age limit on these games for a reason.