Mum blasted by trolls after 12-year-old was hospitalised from Fortnite addiction

A mother has been blasted by trolls after her 12-year-old son's addiction to Fortnite saw him hospitalised.

Some cruel This Morning viewers 'blamed' Vicky Winstanley for not taking away Nathan's games console.

Vicky revealed she got her son his first computer game at the age of two as it was "great for motor skills and learning to type".

She admitted it may have been "selfish" of her to move his XBOX into his bedroom after it was redecorated so she could have some peace and quiet downstairs.

One day she walked into her son's bedroom and found him lying lifeless on the bed after staying up all night playing the game.


Speaking on This Morning, she said: "He was laying on his bed, the controller to the side. The TV was still on and the game was still going.

"It looked like he’d had a fit or seizure. He must have passed out. I couldn’t wake him. I was trying everything. This went on for 15 minutes.

"I had to call an ambulance. He got taken to hospital. They did blood tests but they didn't know what it was."

Vicky admitted that Nathan, who didn't want to appear on the show, was addicted to Fortnite.

She said: "I did have indeed [an addict] at that point. I didn’t realise the extent of what he was doing and how it was taking over this life.

"The game is so immersive and action-filled it's hard when a child comes back to reality."

Emma Kenny said it was up to parents to create boundaries and Ruth Langsford asked if she had taken the controllers away.

Vicky said: "It would work but what we found better is setting time limits on the router or modem. It switches off even if you’re mid-game.

"He now knows at a set time it will go off and he’s aware of the time."

This Morning viewers took to Twitter to suggest ways that Vicky could have intervened.

One viewer said: "If you've allowed your child to play computer games at the age of 2, then quite frankly the problems are of the parent's making, not the child."

Another added: "Just turn off the games consol! Take away controllers! your the parent- actually parent him, my son loves his gaming but knows how long he’s allowed and when to finish!"

A third said: "All these parents moaning that their son/daughter are ‘addicted’ to Fortnite, and the game needs to be banned. You never heard of removing there game console from there room and actually being a ‘parent’. Add some regulations and be a tough parent not a pushover"

*This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10.30am

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