Nine-Year-Old Girl In Rehab After Becoming Addicted To Fortnite

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The Daily Mail reports that one school in Bristol said in a statement: 'We've heard some of our children, including in Year 3, are playing a game online called Fortnite ... if your child is playing this game talk to them and make sure you know what they are doing'.

Fortnite has exploded in popularity since launching in July past year.

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.

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.

"She was so hooked to the game she wouldn't even go to the toilet".

"My husband saw her light on in the night and found her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion playing the game".

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Fortnite is available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and iPhone and ranks as the top "free" game in the Apple App Store.

"Over the last two months I've been contacted by dozens of parents with children as young as 8 showing signs of addiction to Fortnite", counselor Steve Pope told the Mirror UK.

Australian child and adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg told News Corp the game could be problematic for kids who played in an "obsessive way", and could interfere with their sleep and normal relationships at home.

"We worked out that she could have been playing for up to ten hours a day, and we'd had no idea".

Early this morning, Simon Aarons tweeted a screenshot of Fortnite data pulled from Nintendo's eShop servers (more here, and a screenshot right on Nintendo's server here) as they prepare for the game's release.

She tearfully confessed she had been getting up in the middle of the night while they were asleep, sometimes playing the game until 5am.

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