Are there any parents out there going crazy with their kids while trying to work from home and juggle everything? My son, who is 8, has recently started playing Fortnite on his switch. I don't love the part where there are other people around, but it was fairly harmless since he couldn't chat with anyone and had no microphone. It kept him happy while my wife tried to work from home.
Even better, some friends from school play too and he has grouped up with them which is great, giving him some social contact. I am excited for him to spend some time playing with his friends in this crazy quarantine world. However, now he wants a microphone so he can talk with them in group. In a perfect world, I would be all for it. But I am concerned about him being exposed to randos on the internet.
I adjusted his settings to "Party Chat" whatever that means. I did not turn on "push to talk" since he has no keyboard and can't push anything to talk? The swear word filters are all on. However, he has a bunch of non-real world friends in his friend list, so I'm not sure the "party chat" will mean much if he is partying up with randos. Even if I clear out his list, his friends will have the same issue and randos will still end up in his group from time to time.
I have never played the game, and I can't play with him all the time. I can make him play in the same room as my wife when she is home working so she can try to hear the conversation? We talked to the other kids parents and that's their solution. But honestly, my wife is working and can't pay attention 100% of the time. I am working in the office, so I can't help on that front.
My wife & I really want to let him do this so he can get some social time, but once I start Its going to be difficult to monitor effectively. He is a good kid and we have good communication. But I just don't have any experience with this game. I don't care about F-Bombs and stuff. Am I overthinking this? Anyone have any experience here?