Make the popular Fortnite game safe for kids
Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world, and a large part of its massive fan base are children. If you want to let your kids join in the fun without exposing them to inappropriate content or conversations, Epic Games provides a pretty robust set of Fortnite parental controls.
What can fortnite parental controls do?
Fortnite is a multiplayer game, which means your kids can end up playing complete strangers in addition to their friends. Some of these strangers are other children, and some are adults. If you don’t want your kids to interact with strangers in Fortnite, Parental Controls allow you to turn off both voice chat and text chat. You can also filter out mature language, and even prevent non-squad members from seeing your child’s name in-game.
In addition to controls designed to prevent your child from interacting with strangers, there is also a parental control which allows you to see play time reports on a daily or weekly basis to keep track of how long your child is. falling into the game.
Fortnite’s parental controls need to be activated from inside the game, so you’ll need to get your hands on one of your child’s devices to get everything set up. If your kid plays on multiple platforms, like PC and Nintendo Switch, you can set up parental controls on one platform and they will work on all other platforms.
The following instructions include screenshots from the PC version of Fortnite, but the process is the same regardless of which platform you are using.
- Launch Fortnite and enter a lobby.
- Once you have entered an entrance hall, open the Main Menu. You can select the Hamburger menu at the top right on PC, press the icon Menu on mobile or press the button Menu corresponding on your controller if you are playing on a console.
- Select Parental control.
- Select CONFIGURE PARENTAL CONTROLS.
- Select NEXT. If your child has set up Fortnite using their own email address, select CHANGE EMAIL at this step, follow the onscreen instructions to link your own email, then return to this step.
- Enter a six-digit personal identification number (PIN), confirm it, and select NEXT.
- Set the parental controls to your liking, then select SAVE. If you select MORE SETTINGS, it will open an Epic Games site that deals with platform-specific parental controls for consoles like the Nintendo Switch and playStation 4 that are not specifically related to Fortnite.
- You can make changes to parental control settings at any time by entering a lobby, navigating to menu > Parental controland entering your PIN.
What do individual Fortnite parental controls do?
Each of the individual Fortnite parental control options has a toggle switch that lets you turn it on and off. If you’re not exactly sure what switching this toggle will do for any of these options, here’s a detailed explanation of each parental control option in Fortnite:
Filter mature language
Fortnite includes a text chat feature that allows players to communicate by typing in the chat. This feature is available in competitive battle royale mode in the lobby, where your kids can tap their friends. It is also available in Save the World Co-op mode, where they will be able to text chat with friends and strangers.
Activate this setting for censor mature language in text chat. Activate this setting for allow mature language like the curse.
Hide your name from non-squad members
When your child is knocked out during a match, their in-game name is normally visible to other players. This setting allows you to prevent non-squad members from seeing your child’s name. People on your child’s team will always see their name, even strangers if your child has chosen to fill their team with random players.
Activate this setting to change your child’s name to “Player” for anyone who is not on their team. Activate this setting off to allow everyone to see their name.
Hide names of non-squad members
This works like the previous setting, but it prevents your child from seeing the names of other players. If you’re worried that your child will see inappropriate names or try to contact strangers outside of the game, turn it on.
Activate this setting to change the names of other players to “Player” in your child’s game. Disable this setting to allow your child to see the names of other players.
Fortnite includes built-in voice chat. When your child is playing at a party with their friends, or filling their team with strangers, voice chat becomes available. Voice chat can be a fun way for your child and their friends to talk, but it allows them to talk to strangers if they choose to hang out with strangers.
Activate this setting to allow your child to talk to other players using voice chat. Disable this feature to prevent your child from using voice chat.
As mentioned earlier, text chat is available in Fortnite in a few different locations. If you want to prevent your kid from using text chat, instead of just censoring mature content, this is the feature you’re looking for.
Activate this setting for prevent your child from using text chat. Disable this setting if you want your child to be able to use text chat in Fortnite.
Weekly Reading Time Reports
This setting is different because it doesn’t impact your child’s experience in the game. Instead, this feature allows you to receive reading time reports from Epic that details how many time your child spent playing Fortnite. If you want to keep an eye on their playing time then this is the option you are looking for.
Set this to WEEKLY for weekly reports, DAILY for daily reports, or OFF if you don’t want to receive Fortnite game time reports.