Children 'targeted by online predators' while playing Fortnite online

Fortnite: Battle Royale is a 12-rated multi­player shoot ’em up and lets children talk online to strangers.

Dozens of users have reported adults making sexual remarks to kids. One Liverpool mum heard her 12-year-old boy offered £50 to perform a sex act.

Crusader Lorin LaFave, whose 14-year-old son was killed by an online pervert, said: “It couldn’t be easier for a predator.”

A teacher in Bradford, who asked not to be named, said he was shocked when pupils aged 11 and 12 openly discussed the predators on the game.

He said: “We were talking about the game and they said it was ‘full of paedos.’ We talked about it and most said they had come across it.

“I don’t think parents are aware of the dangers.”

Some players have been disgusted at the conversations they have heard.

One player commented on a forum dedicated to the game: “The Fortnite community are a genuinely disturbing group of people. Very creepy.

“I'm convinced a large percentage are paedophiles. The way they play and act is incredibly creepy.”

Police said any grooming should be reported.

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