I so rarely get personal online, but I’m at a loss and would love some advice from my friends here, cuz someone among you all must have some direction for me, hopefully…
My teen is addicted to video games. And while parents are nodding here, and kids are shaking their heads in disgust of my dramatic prose, I don’t mean he likes playing them. I mean he’s playing them whenever he can, on whatever device he can, for as long as he can without getting caught, even though finals start in 5 days, he has 3 Cs, and he should be studying.
Take away his devices, parents say. OK. We did. Many months ago, when his grades started slipping, for the first time, since until mid-October last year he was a straight A student since grade school.
We took away his phone priviledges–he has to have it on the kitchen counter from when he gets home from school until he leaves for school in the morning. Same for his Kindle, and his laptop. Saturday from 6:00-10:00pm is his only time for electronics, in any form, gaming, movies…whatever. He’s allowed FB time during the week, but only at night, after finishing studying, and only for half hour a day. Collectively.
The only device left to him is his PC. And we can’t take that away, because the public school he goes to works almost exclusively through the computer. Homework, worksheets, research–the school ask for specific links to be read to complete assignments and study for tests. All grades go through School Loop. The school feeds his addiction with every grade they post, that minute thrill of anticipation as the kids obsessively check if the teacher has posted grades yet. So, no computer at all is out. Clearly.
He has to keep his door open all the time now, but we can’t stand in the threshold watching him all day and night! And we go over his history, but he’s already figured out how to open too many tabs for the stupid interface to record all online interactions.
I wanta help my kid make better choices and to stop gaming. And yes, we’ve seen pros, with a lot of theory, but really without a clue.
What to do?…Practical solutions are welcome!!
Put together an #educational #video viewing list 4 my kids, 4 summer. Feel free to add to it in comments: J. Cafesin: SummerViewing4Kids http://jcafesin.blogspot.com/2014/06/summer-viewing-4-kids.html
#fridayreads Fractured Fairy Tales meets #TwilightZone in 4 captivating, edgy, fantastical #shortstories, each with a powerful message that lingers long after the reads…
Hawk wanted the rabbit to present to a mate. Megan wanted her husband Mitch to wait and talk to her instead of going to work. Neither got what they wanted, but both Hawk and Megan learned a valuable life lesson…
New one, short story, 9pgs. Complete on Scribd:
Ferrari Testarossa is his ‘lamp.’ Finnegus Boggs was a Somalian warrior, an Egyptian scribe, a Cambridge professor. Now, he’s a doctor, and never in his over 5,000 yrs was he forced from his lamp at gunpoint. Billy demands the doc fix his dying friend, but the genie knows sealing the hole in Tyron means more than stitching his wound. Guiding both boys to do the right thing will take a bit of magic…
Micheal still loves the family’s annual camping trip to Hindley State Park. His teen sister, Amy, doesn’t. And it’s likely going to be their last year there among the ancient redwoods, the majestic elks, and the oddly round rocks Micheal discovers along the banks of the roaring river…
The Activation is a campfire fable, meant to be shared around the campfire as a cautionary tale to bickering siblings, and the parents who fail to teach them civility.