From the Principal

Fortnite – a special SchoolTV report
By now, most parents of adolescent children would be aware of the online game known as ‘Fortnite’. With over 125 million registered players worldwide, this game encourages players to battle each other to death using a variety of weaponry. For many young people, the addictive nature of this game is having adverse effects on their behaviour, mental health, school work, and commitment to a balance of worthwhile activities that comprise a meaningful teenage life.

With an age rating of 13+, this game raises many cybersafety concerns. Unfortunately, it allows unmoderated chat between players, leaving children exposed to be contactable by online strangers. This function alone makes it unsuitable for primary aged children.

Carey will continue to work with our students and parents to provide good education, support and advice to encourage students to make sensible decisions with their use of online technology. Since last year, Carey has been working in partnership with SchoolTV to provide a valuable resource for parents on a wide variety of topics that relate to some of the challenges faced by our families. In response to the current fascination surrounding Fortnite, we are very pleased to be able to share a special episode of SchoolTV in which prominent child and adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg addresses many of the issues presented by this game. The episode can be viewed here.

In light of last week’s announcement that the World Health Organisation now recognises ‘gaming disorder’ as a mental health issue, this special report helps parents to gain a greater insight into Fortnite. If you have any further concerns about your child, please contact our Student Development team for further information.

This term has been a busy, engaging and successful term for which we have so much to be thankful for. For those of you who are lucky to be taking a break, I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. We look forward to seeing the students back at Carey on Tuesday 17 July.

Philip Grutzner