Prince Harry is calling you out for letting your kids play Fortnite

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex listens to the Youth Ambassadors Mental Health Champions during a visit to YMCA South Ealing, to learn more about their work on mental health and see how they are providing support to young people.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex listens to the Youth Ambassadors Mental Health Champions during a visit to YMCA South Ealing, to learn more about their work on mental health and see how they are providing support to young people.

As we eagerly await the arrival of baby Sussex, it seems Prince Harry has already stepped into his role as dad, sharing his strong opinions on the dangers of getting sucked into a virtual world, more specifically, the ever-popular online video game, Fortnite. 

"That game shouldn’t be allowed,"he told members of the YMCA, POPSUGAR reports. "Where is the benefit of having it in your household?" 

Concerned for families that allow children to play Fortnite, the Duke of Sussex explained how addictive social media and the like can be, in a roundtable discussion about mental health

"It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible. It's like waiting for the damage to be done and kids turning up on your doorstep and families being broken down." 


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Well, that escalated quickly.

We’re not sure if the video game is quite as damaging as that, but we definitely see how it can easily become addictive. Gaming disorder is recognised by WHO as a diagnosable mental health condition after all, with Hein Hofmeyr, a psychotherapist and clinical psychologist at Akeso Clinic Nelspruit, likening it to substance abuse. 


Read more about gaming addiction and Fortnite here: How a 9-year-old became so addicted to Fortnite she wet herself to keep playing – Yup! You read that correctly.


So the soon-to-be dad’s advice on what we should encourage our kids to be doing instead of getting sucked into and stuck in a virtual universe? Get them to interact with real, actual people. 

So in his discussion at the YMCA he said on mental health, "Let’s keep reminding each other that it’s okay to not be okay, and to listen to each other. After all, how we think determines how we act, how we feel, and how we treat ourselves and those around us."

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