My Grandson is totally addicted to video games

@poehere (17680)
French Polynesia
October 16, 2015 12:20am CST
My grandson came to the islands for summer vacation with his sister. Right from day one he would sit around with his nose stuck in some video game he just purchased to bring with him on the plane. I can see it because he was stuck on the plane for 8 hours to arrive here in Tahiti. This got so bad and it became so hard to get him to move each day. Finally I had to restrict his usage to 1 hour in the morning and 1 at night. But still I would find him in the room with his covers over his head playing with some form of video game. He had his iPod, tablet and game player to play on. Finally in the end I took them all away and had to hide them. I would give him only 1 of them back and allow him to play it for an hour. After, I would have to hide the player again. One night he wanted his iPod to take picture of the dance we were going to that night. Instead of taking pictures he was playing a video game. I guess he came by this naturally because his father is the same way. I would go crazy if I was around this all the time. I never allowed my daughter to sit all day in front of her video game. I had one for her but she hardly ever played it. Only when it was raining or she was sick did she ever think to take it out and play it. How many of you have to deal with this problem? I know it is a problem these days because so many kids are addicted to playing video games on their phones or tablets. Image pixabay.com
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@kevin1877uk (36989)
16 Oct 15
It's a real problem these days and seems to be getting worst. My kids love gaming and spend hour do so, although not as much those days. We (when I was married) tried to limit time on gaming which kind of worked. But as we all know they will find a way to be able to play their games.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
16 Oct 15
That one is for sure. I know when the kids played a lot on the Wii they had one bowling games. My grand daughter was good on this one and she won every time.
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@kevin1877uk (36989)
16 Oct 15
@poehere Loved bowling, about the only one I could do :)
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22 Dec 16
Completely agree that children find a way to play games. This younger generation finds video games interesting because warrior games are intellectual where you use clever strategy to beat other people. Studies have shown that players that play a lot of video games have better scores on vision tests compared to those children who do not play. We as parents should encourage our kids to play games like Battleborn Kaufen, Counter Strike Global Offensive Kaufen that are helpful to improve skills and knowledge, that we can find on and get detailed information about game and their benefits. Guardians just need to monitor how much time their children spend in front of the screen playing games and also the type that the child is playing.
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@dpk262006 (56551)
• Delhi, India
16 Oct 15
You have not mentioned the age of your grandson but I am assuming him to be between 5 to 10 years. Whatever you have describe about him is startling. It is a deep rooted addiction to play video games on mobile/ipad etc. And any addiction is harmful, specially for children. You need to restrict him further and could ask him to participate in some physical activities. If possible, you could make arrangements for him to play some indoor or outdoor games. He has to be told in simple language that playing games is harmful for his physical and mental health.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
16 Oct 15
Great suggestions but he lives in America and I live in Tahiti. BTW he is 12 now. This started when he was young around 3 or 4. His dad quit work to go back to school. He was home with the kids and his dad loves his video games. He use to play them with his son all the time. when he is here during vacations we do a lot, go fishing, kayaking, swimming, and hiking. He does a lot when he is here on the islands.
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@dpk262006 (56551)
• Delhi, India
19 Oct 15
@poehere - You or his parents need to restrict him before things out of hand.
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
19 Oct 15
@dpk262006 A little late for that. He was out of control wen he was only 3 going on 4 now he's 12.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
16 Oct 15
It has become a problem among kids. The parents must do the steps and number one step is to keep away all those gadgets from him. In the first place, a child should not be given those gadgets but rather toys that will improve his relationship with fellow kids.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
16 Oct 15
This is an excellent point. One year I bought my daughter an erector set for Christmas and she loved it. I also tried to buy things for her to learn from and not so much to play with. She wanted a microscope one time and another time it was a train. I always liked the toys kids to build with.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
16 Oct 15
@poehere I can see how wise you are as a mother. Moms should learn from you.
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
17 Oct 15
@salonga Thank you so much that is so sweet of you to say that.
@KristenH (25151)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
16 Oct 15
His parents should restrict the time he plays video games. I hope it's not a violent one for him. Children should exercise in the fresh air and have fun outdoors. Limit his game time.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
16 Oct 15
I couldn't agree with you more. No his parents won't allow him to play violent video games. I saw what he was playing here.
@KristenH (25151)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
16 Oct 15
@poehere Good for you and your family Ann. Sports is okay, but nothing like Grand Theft Auto per se.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
16 Oct 15
It seems to be a problem in these times now, fair enough let them play for while but also like say take time out to do other things I do not know how anyone can play them all Day specially Children but in most cases now Parents buy them for the Kids to keep the Kids out of their way so then they grow up with it and get addicted to it
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
16 Oct 15
That is how I feel. I saw when he spent a lot of time on his video games he would complain of headaches. I then restricted this time to 2 hours a day and the headaches went away. I think it was the way he was sitting on the couch and the small screen on one game that was the problem on this one.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
16 Oct 15
@poehere Yes it probably was but glad you managed to cut him down
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@JaneApril (341)
• Philippines
16 Oct 15
I love video games also :) I enjoy it more with my husband.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
16 Oct 15
They didn't have them when I was growing up. Even on the computer when I started to use one when I was 13. It wasn't until I was in my thirties did they have some card games on the computer. Then I got board easily and didn't play them.
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• Philippines
17 Oct 15
@poehere Have you tried playing with your grandson? Maybe this time you'll enjoy it :)
@celticeagle (120469)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Oct 15
My grandson has gotten a Xbox and is enjoying a game on there. He used to want to use my computer every day to play this game for hours. Now I have my computer back and am very thankful. I think video games get a bad wrap. They are actually teaching these kids a lot of very positive things.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
16 Oct 15
Can you explain what positive things kids learn from video games? I know some games are educational and they do teach kids. Others are racing games and stuff like this. I guess I am missing the point in video games because I never really played them before and don't know much about them at all.
@GardenGerty (104030)
• United States
16 Oct 15
My daughter's kids are only allowed thirty minutes each of screen time daily and not every day at that. That is the two oldest. The youngest not at all. My son has tween age step daughters who are sort of into their phones for the most part.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
16 Oct 15
My grand daughter just entered high school and my grand son is still in middle school. Each of them has a lot of homework and stuff on the computer. My grand daughter is not a gaming person and she spends most of her time on her online French class and her studies. You have to watch my grandson you think he is doing his homework when in fact he is online playing a game.
@softbabe44 (5899)
• Vancouver, Washington
17 Oct 15
i don't blame you that would be real hard to deal with my youngest use to do that he got bored really fast and stopped
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
17 Oct 15
I wish my grandson got board and would stop.
• Vancouver, Washington
17 Oct 15
@poehere yea didn't seem to be interested in it for a while
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@piyushap (25)
• New Delhi, India
16 Oct 15
Hey i like to play video games a lot! even my mum and grandmum keep shouting at me for going outside and hangout with my other friends! and they also shout because i dont study!
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
16 Oct 15
Good for them. You should listen to them. there is a time and place for video games and to sit all day playing them isn't really one of them. I tried to teach my grandson control and discipline so he wouldn't end up a video junkie like his dad.
• New Delhi, India
16 Oct 15
@poehere yes ma'am! you are right indeed! there is a time and place for video games... i will not end up as a video junkie!
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@allknowing (70659)
• India
20 Oct 15
I do not enjoy visits of kids to my house. The moment they come they will sit with those devices lost to the world.
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
20 Oct 15
Yah I can see his one. That's what my grandson did for a few days until I put a stop to it. I basically took them away from him and only let him use them a little in the morning and a little at night. I did give him his tablet at night so he could watch a video on it because he doesn't understand French. I was able to download some good films I thought were interesting for him to watch and not some junk ones.
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@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
17 Oct 15
It's a huge problem in my house. My husband and all of the boys spend their free time playing games. My daughter is on her phone all the time. I can't say too much because I spend a lot of time on my computer too.. but I also work and volunteer and cart these kids around. When I'm through with all of that I want to sit and relax at my computer for awhile.. but I'm still kind of working while I do that. I'm fine with them blowing off steam sometimes.. but with my husband it really annoys me because he'll spend an entire day off in front of an electronic device when there are more important things he should be doing.
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
17 Oct 15
Hurray I;m not the only one who feels like this. I use to try to get my grandson to move to go some place. I had to teach him a lesson. We were leaving to go over to the other side of the island for a few days. He thought I would pack for him. I said no each of you pack for yourself. I told them what to not forget. When we got there he forgot a lot and ws mad at his sister and said she took the stuff out of his bag. I had to laugh at this one and I knew it wasn't true. Well next time we did this he had to pack again and this time he forgot nothing. Good job.