Return to the Parents Forum | Post a Follow-Up

To parents of other heavy gamers...

Posted by sarabera (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 26, 13 at 14:27

Please do not attempt to moderate or restrict your son's access to on-line gaming until you have educated yourself about gaming addiction and have prepared, put a plan in place!

We are in the process of trying to wean our 15 year-old off of gaming. He is down to 2 hours a day. Things are getting a bit better, but he is still obviously very addicted. All he thinks about is when can he get back on. Every day is a battle and he is mad a lot of the time. We can't get him to go anywhere with us (not even family get-togethers) unless he will have access to electronics the entire time. He says we can solve that by getting him a laptop or smart phone, Uhh, we're not going down that road.

Two of the resources that have been really helpful for us are 1) A book by Dr. Hilary Cash called "Video Games and Your Kids". She was one of the first to recognize gaming addiction and also has an in-patient treatment center in Washington state. 2) The OLGA website (on-line gaming addiction). Here you can read stories from ex-gamers and other parents and spouses. Very enlightening. If you are concerned about your child's obsessive behavior please check them out. I have dark concerns about the gaming addiction that keep me up at night.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: To parents of other heavy gamers...

Thanks for that info and I wish you well with your son.

My son is 20 and he is outside my control now, but I know he does spend a fair bit of time gaming. At the moment he is overseas on a 2month holiday, so he certainly won't be gaming now. For me, I think he is sensible enough now, to know how he can waste time sitting in front of a game.

I see so many people when I am out and about, on trains, buses, standing at the station - and almost everyone is glued to an electronic devise. I am not sure if this is a bad thing, it is just an observation.

RE: To parents of other heavy gamers...

>>he certainly won't be gaming now<<
Are you sure, popi? Online games can be accessed from anywhere in the world that has internet access.

RE: To parents of other heavy gamers...

Thank you for posting this! I am going to find those resources immediately!

RE: To parents of other heavy gamers...

Two hours? My son sometimes spends 12-14 hours playin computer games...I think we should install PCWebControl or any other parental control software to stop them...

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Parents Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here