07-21-2019 09:24 AM
Hi everyone I have a problem ..my 16 year old son has vitro game addiction..very nasty ..we switched of the internet a few weeks ago..still.up all night...noisy...watching television... Has not been going to school for more than a year....any tips ?
07-22-2019 03:34 PM
Hi @sylvia and thank you for reaching out to let us know what is happening at home
It sounds like a really difficult position you are in with your son's gaming habits, I know this is something you have spoken to us a bit about before. Last time we spoke, you mentioned that your son was not attending school and you were looking at homeschooling as an option. Did you give homeschooling a go?
May I ask when the gaming started? Has it been something that has become progressively more intensive over time?
07-27-2019 08:34 PM
Yes darling , I have mentioned my sons problem before...it started about 2 years ago...it got worse...yes darling I registered him for home schooling...about a few weeks ago he got aggressive again breaking things in the house and pushing us...kicking my husband..so I switched the internet off...I told him if he goes to school I will switch the internet back on but only for a few hours a day...he refused to go to school..so it was about 4weeks ago..at first he improved but at the moment he is very nasty,irritable...he is staying up all night watching TV..of course he cannot do home schooling because no internet.. About a month ago my work mate's son committed suicide ...had exactly the same gaming problem as my son...that was the other reason to switch the internet off ...I don't know what will happen..it is very very scary...if he gets aggressive again I will call the police..I have done it before for a few times...Any tips ?thank you
07-28-2019 09:34 PM - edited 07-28-2019 09:39 PM
Hi @sylvia, thanks for sharing. It sounds like your family is going through quite a lot right now. Making a decision is always difficult but you don't have to do it alone. The internet can provide an outlet for some adolescence and so this is why you may face resistance when you remove it. Has your son mentioned why he likes using the internet? What does he usually do on the internet?
This situation is very complex and I imagine it must be so stressful for you and your family. Does your son have face to face support? This could take place in the form of a GP or psychologist? You could also contact Parent Line who may be able to provide more specific advice for you or direct you to local referrals. It seems really important that you get some extra support right now. For your son, he could also contact Headspace and Kids Helpline. Even if he does not seem open to these suggestions, it is important that he knows that they are available and prepared to chat with him if he feels the need. Do you know whether he would be interested in these support options?