How do you deal with a computer game addict son?

Philippines
December 11, 2007 10:29am CST
A lot of teenagers today are hooked with computer games. I know that's better than being hooked with drugs or other dangerous stuff but being addicted to it isn't good anymore either. As a mom, how do you deal with this kind of behavior? For those moms who don't have such kids, what suggestions can you give?
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@tiffiny (884)
• United States
11 Dec 07
My son is three and he's already addicted. Right now atleast I have a say and he's learning the aphabet and numbers. So that's good for him to want to do. But do what my mom did. She would set a timer for like an hour (if we were really good) and then when the timer went off we were off the computer. Period. So yeah you just have to limit it and make sure he's getting out side and if he doesnt' want to listen (like most teenagers) then you can take his computer away. That will get his attention.
• Philippines
12 Dec 07
Thanks that's a really helpful tip.
• United States
11 Dec 07
You have not mentioned what he plays online. If he is learning about educational things. I can see this a a good thing. I would just limit his time online and get him some new games to increase his learning. My daughter was always on the math sites and doing it for a long time. Till someone got her hooked to myspace.com. So you can see your son is not in harms way. Unless it's just far too many hours. You have to be careful of him getting headaches and eye strain. Good luck Merry Christmas to all
• Philippines
12 Dec 07
war games which are far from educational. entertaining yes but he plays it almost the whole day on weekends and during vacation.
@youless (87499)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Dec 07
I think it is a real headache, I can imagine it. Frankly, I was young in the past and I was also addicted to the computer game. I have to admit it is very attractive. Although I know it's not good to play it all the time, but sometimes it is just hard to get rid of it. Ii think you need to be patient to it, do not blame your son all the time. You know children dislike it so much. Try to bring him outside and play more sports with him. The outdoor activities will make him get away from the computer games.
@mrsjbelle (1641)
• United States
12 Dec 07
I'm sorry best of luck with that. What game does he play?