Parents reveal girl aged NINE in rehab for Fornite addiction

A girl reportedly addicted to the online game Fortnite is undergoing rehab treatment

A young girl in the United Kingdom has been sent to rehab after her parents claim she became so addicted to a video game she refused to stop playing, even to use the bathroom. However, the gravity of the situation came to the forefront when the father found her sitting on an urine-soaked cushion while playing the game.

According to reports, the nine-year-old downloaded the online multiplayer battle royale Fortnite after being given an Xbox One in January.

She complained she was too exhausted to go to gym or ballet class, and Carol began noticing there were regular payments to Microsoft on their credit card, of about £50 a month.

The girl went on a 10-hour binge of the hit game and allegedly hit her dad in the face when he tried to take away her Xbox.

She went on to say the primary schoolgirl would secretly get up in the night and play until dawn. According to The Sun, Fornite has 40 million downloads since its launch, last July.

Screenshot from the game
Screenshot from the game

When they confronted their daughter about it, she said she had paid for extras on the Fortnite game. "She had fallen asleep twice in lessons and her grades were slipping", said mother Carol.

"Over the last two months I've been contacted by dozens of parents with children as young as eight showing signs of addiction to Fortnite", counselor Steve Pope told the Mirror UK.

Thankfully, she is reportedly getting back on track with her schooling and sports.

The therapist said: "I know bright kids who will fail their exams this summer because of Fortnite, kids who are stealing from their parents and friends to pay for the extras, kids who urinate in bottles because they can't bear to leave the game".

But experts fear many children are at risk of developing mental health problems as a result of over-exposure to violent and addictive video games.

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