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Weekly Briefing: 23-30 November 2018

'Strip Fortnite' trend causing concern among parents

A new trend known as 'Strip Fortnite' has grown in popularity recently on YouTube and has created concerns about the impact it could have on the children watching. Several school nursing teams in the North and Midlands have issued a warning to parents about the internet phenomenon and, in this article, Parent Zone explains the rise of the trend and associated risks.

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Students think that schools need to devote more time to RSE

A survey by the Sex Education Forum has revealed that more than half of UK students think too little time is spent on Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and that schools were not taking it seriously, according to The Guardian. The thousand students surveyed said that they had not been taught about important topics such as grooming, LGBT issues and pornography.

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US launches investigation into loot boxes following UK research

The United States has become the latest country to launch an investigation into the  use of loot boxes in popular video games such as Fortnite, according to The Telegraph. The Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan was the official calling for the investigation, referencing the recent report by the UK Gambling Commission as evidence for the link between loot boxes and gambling.

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Fortnite surpasses 200m players

Fortnite Battle Royale game has more than doubled its number of players in the last six months, bringing the total up to 200 million, according to The Telegraph. Developer Epic Games revealed there had been a 60 per cent increase since the last player count in June, thought to be due to the game’s recent release in Korea.

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