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June 2018

Have you played Fortnite yet? If you haven’t, you probably know someone who has as the game’s popularity has exploded in recent months, attracting celebrities, professional athletes, and gamers of all ages. Unfortunately, Fortnite’s mass appeal is attracting hackers and scammers too. Players and parents need to pay attention in order to reduce the risk of identity theft and fraud. Part of the game’s attraction is that it’s free and available to players across multiple video game consoles, PCs, and mobile phones. The Hunger Games-like world of Fortnite allows players to showcase their creativity while playing. However, scammers are also getting creative. Fortnite creator Epic Games recently warned about the most common Fornite scam on its Twitter account for players: “Say NO to scams! Beware of scam sites offering free or discounted V-Bucks.” How Big Is Fortnite? Fortnite: Battle Royale has more than 45 million players worldwide as of January, according to Epic Games. Those numbers are sure to have grown since the game’s popularity has jumped: A recent live-streamed game set a new Twitch record for individual online streams, with over 600,000 people watching. The game featured rappers Drake and Travis Scott, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, and one of the game’s popular players, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Professional athletes are using the popular Fortnite dances in their own game celebrations and Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price missed a start because he had carpal tunnel syndrome from playing too much Fortnite. SuperData, a research firm that specializes in video games, estimates Fortnite generated nearly $296 million in April and has the possibility of generating $3.5 billion in annual revenue. A Common Fortnite Scam: YouTube Free V-Bucks That kind of money and the addictive nature of the game has drawn criminal elements to the Fortnite universe. New players mean new opportunities for fraudsters who promise something free to help elevate your game. In Fortnite there are V-bucks, the virtual money that players can use to buy new gear. While recently playing the game with my son and wanting to help advance “our Battle Pass” standing, I did a search for “free V-bucks.” I found results promising we would win huge amounts of Fornite V-bucks. My son suggested I check out those third-party videos on YouTube and what came back were more than 4.6 million various videos promising players to get free V-bucks by following their instructions or tips. Most send you to a website where you share an obscure code from your game account; in some cases, that allows scammers to gain

Are you stuck on what to get Dad for Father’s Day? Picking that perfect gift for him can be tricky — especially if you really want to surprise him with something special. Whether he loves to grill or take on weekend projects, we put together a list of gift ideas every Dad will love, all available at RONA. FOR THE MASTER GRILLER He will love grilling his favourites on this Broil King Signet™ 320 Propane Gas BBQ. It fires up with a simple touch of the Sure-Lite™ quick start button and with its three Dual-Tube (TM) dual tube stainless steel burners, it delivers 40,000 BTU heat efficiently and evenly. While he’s out there grilling, let Dad keep quenched at arm’s reach with this Master Forge modular outdoor kitchen fridge.  This gorgeous fridge, punctuated with stainless steel, comes with a granite top, which can be used as a counter surface or cutting board, as well as adding a touch of elegance to this modular unit.   He can prepare the food and wash up with this unit comprised of a large-sized sink with premium faucet, two 12,000-BTU side element burners, and one 12,000-BTU cast iron burner with griddle. Enjoy the durability and elegance of the black granite countertop. It’s also equipped with a slide-out tank tray (tank not included) and two drawers for storage. Includes a cutting board and cover. For some extra work space, this corner unit is made of black steel. Its black granite top will add to your countertop space, while its lower allows you to store an extra propane tank (tank not included). To round out his outdoor kitchen, this Master Forge(TM) quarter-round corner table is an attractive and practical component of an exterior kitchen. The table adapts to each module to create a more flexible configuration.   FOR THE DAD WHO MAKES THE CUT This Remington® gas lawn mower is a great combination of efficiency and power. The durable 159 cc PowerMore OHV engine delivers great performance, while the 21" cutting deck lets him cut more in a single pass, with an option of rear bag, mulch or side discharge clippings to suit his preference. The loop with indent handle offers comfort and control, making it easier to care for Dad to care for his lawn this season.   FOR THE WEEKEND WARRIOR This lightweight Karcher "K2" Compact Electric Pressure Washer has the range to gently clean delicate paint jobs or blast away hardened dirt and grime. Its upright and compact body is

  Teenagers are the most misunderstood age group. They are often perceived as lazy, unintelligent, disrespectful, and hard to understand. There are plenty of things that parents can take into account when speaking with their teen. Acting like the boss of every conversation can drive a teen away from being honest and open about their ideas. This can disable the parent’s goal of understanding. Maybe even learn about the adult they are blossoming into. It’s important to listen in order to understand what’s on your teen’s mind. You might be surprised what you will hear. 1. Teens want to strive for a better future The present is dealing with a lot more difficult issues around the world. Most teens want to get involved in creating change in the topics they are passionate about. But, keep in mind that every teen has a different way on how they will get their point across — whether it’s through protest, an art or a speech. There are many ways to create a powerful statement. Good change is incredibly important for the future ahead. Remember encouragement is a plus for your teen and they are more likely to try with the support of family and friends they can trust. 2. Some teens suffer from mental illness Back in the older generation, mental illnesses were seen as excuses or made-up nonsense. However, those are false statements. Mental illness affects everyone, especially teens. The struggles of dealing with mental illness can make everyday things difficult to get through; it can be something as simple as communicating with another person or finishing a small task in class. It’s difficult to breathe when your mind is constantly nagging at you and telling you things about yourself that cause you to feel terrible. It’s important to know that your teen is really trying but might be afraid to ask for help. Make sure if you notice anything wrong, you let them know you’re there to help. 3. Teens are sensitive for a reason Unfortunately, as much as we don’t want to admit, prejudice is still around. Anyone of colour, sexuality and mental or physical disability can relate. Verbal and physical attacks can hurt. Teens understand this well and want to speak out about it. Problem with that is they are labeled as oversensitive. The issues such as prejudice should not be taken lightly. These issues being fought for the way they are shows that teens care