This is such a big issue at our place. We're trying to pull our 14yo son back from his level of usage. While we subscribe to the concept of 2 hours a day, not during school week, not in the bedroom etc that is nothing like what we have drifted into. We find that any long period of use can be followed by yelling, bad language, doors slamming - and often an apology. He has improved of late and gives up his devices and phone by 8pm and will read or do puzzles etc so I'm grateful for that.
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My 14yo son has said he thinks he might be trans. This is a big shock to us, his parents, as there has been nothing in his past behaviour, or thoughts he has expressed that give any clue to this. He has siblings (23 yo sister recently returned home, 26yo brother living not far away) he is very much like an only child. Now, we are very much at the stage of not being convinced it is real. - this is sudden - spent most last year with a girlfriend (but not able to do much with Covid) - recently passionately argued the men's rights guff that he spent time exposed to on gamer forums -changed friendships groups at school at the end of last year, one of whom is a trans girl outside of school (but not at school - has been seeing a psych through last year dealing with anxiety and other issues ostensibly related to some bullying in grade 7. So...we're aware of the much reported social contagion effect and, knowing he spends a lot of time online (more than we want) we really want to sure of things before he goes down this path. I do want to be clear that if we are convinced that this is genuine then of course we will be supportive
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