Mom Calls 911 Over Son’s Video Game Obsession

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In my own clinical work, I have found that kids who overuse digital media can have good psychological reasons. These kids often attempt to cope and master difficult episodes and feelings. As a long-term therapist and author of KIDS, PARENTS & TECHNOLOGY: A GUIDE FOR YOUNG FAMILIES, I have seen how kids often overdo video games when upset instead of engaging in more destructive or disruptive behaviors. Obviously, the news story of the mother calling 911 gives us no clue as to what is really going on in this family. And the problem may not be the kid — it may be with the mother. Instead of focusing on the power struggle with kids, it is best to look at underlying reasons.

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