If you have a child or spend time around gamers, chances are you have heard about Fortnite. The award-winning video game has taken the world by storm in the last year and currently boasts over 200 million players worldwide. It is such a viral phenomenon that it has inspired dance crazes, YouTube channels, and plenty of memes, just to name a few.
Although rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, online games are hard to police and kids are increasingly joining in on the action. Moreover, as Fortnite is available for download on the majority of devices you might have at home or in your pocket, including PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, as well as mobile versions for Android and iOS devices, it is easy to see why limiting access to the game could be a hard battle to win.
Introducing Trend Micro Home Network Security
Trend Micro Home Network Security (HNS) is a plug-and-protect solution designed to keep all of your smart home devices safe from potential threats. For parents, it also offers robust child protection settings that help you control social media access, block inappropriate websites, and set time limits to game consoles and tablets to prevent your kids from spending every waking moment playing Fortnite or doing anything else you might want to limit.
You can set limits to what days your children can use a particular device, as well as scheduling the hours of the day that they are allowed to use them. You can also block access to YouTube while still allowing your kids to use the device for other activities. This is especially useful if they prefer to watch Fortnite live streams rather than play themselves.
Of course, talking to your children about responsible use of technology and the dangers of interacting with strangers online is incredibly important, but having HNS making sure the kids are following the rules when you cannot be around is a valuable instrument in the modern parenting toolkit.