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14 years old, addicted to online game, have arthritis and low WBC. What action should I take?

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Hi my 14 year old son has become addicted to an online game called Runescape. I realised when he lost a lot of money on it and was crying and aggressive. He has been on it all night before and has now refused to go to school because I have taken away his computer. He is trying to bargain with me, saying if I let him on it he will go to school but I have stood my ground. I have the Education Welfare Officer coming to see him tomorrow and so far she has been understanding. He has had a lot of illness including arthritis in his back and low white blood count and has also seen a lot going on in the family involving my 16 year old daughter getting kicked out of school, becoming addicted to drugs and having to get police involved, also holding parties at my home. She has settled now a bit and has secured a place at college. He says that the game is a way of escape for him. He feels he is failing at school but after speaking to his school, they have said this is not the case and he is doing well as he is an extremely bright boy. He never gets into trouble at school although did punch someone last week for screwing up his history coursework. I refused to take him to the cinema last night because he is refusing to go to school and took his sister on her own. I didn't feel that I could be seen to be rewarding him for his refusal to go to school. I don't know where else to turn, I know I need to keep strong and keep saying no to the computer access for the time being until he attends school again but it is a battle of wits at the moment. Unfortunately in the past I have always given in to him for peace and have done the same with my daughter and seeing how she has turned out, don't want to make the same mistake with him. Any advice would be gratefully received and just confirmation that I am doing the right thing in sticking to my guns. My husband is fully supportive of the actions I have taken.
Posted Sat, 3 Nov 2012 in Parenting
Answered by Dr. Rajiv K Khandelwal 1 hour later

I presume that by mistake you have duplicated your question. I seem to have responded to an identical query a short while back.


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Follow-up: 14 years old, addicted to online game, have arthritis and low WBC. What action should I take? 3 minutes later
Yes sorry about that, sent it twice by mistake!! Thank you for your reply. The school are referring my son to a social worker/counseller attached to the school. Interestingly, my daughter has said she wishes I had been stricter with her!! I will let him have limited access to the computer once he has resumed his schooling. He is still asking to spend his pocket money on this game at the end of the month because he says he has nothing else in his life and it is going to be hard to refuse but I know that is the right thing to do in the long run.
Answered by Dr. Rajiv K Khandelwal 6 minutes later

It is good that the school is aware of this problem and are involving the social worker/counseller. As you have the support of both your husband and daughter I hope you will be able to handle the situation more firmly and appropriately according to the situation.

Once the right direction is shown to your son he will realize that spending money on the game is not everything. There are other better things that he can do with the money.

Wishing you and your family all the best..



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