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Nine-year-old girl placed into rehab for her Fortnite addiction

By midian182 · 57 replies
Jun 10, 2018
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  1. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,389   +5,016

    For once there is sufficient evidence, the parents did nothing to control their nine year old. We don't need a high IQ to see how badly they failed. But then again failure suggest they tried. If they had tried, they wouldn't be asking for help with rehabilitation for a nine year old.
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  2. Joe Seijo

    Joe Seijo TS Rookie Posts: 24   +6

    Thank god my teenage daughter has normal hobbies and shows absolutely no interest in video games.
  3. UziThicc30

    UziThicc30 TS Rookie

    BBruuh, their R grown *** men, who legit got a competitive vibe for being on the screen all day. Like they the ever realest gamers, like im talkin about gallons of piss! like duudes if that piss could turn to water they could help africa all day. U dont even understand, this is nothing. THo being of 9 yrs I can C but, I blame fortnite here. Wak azz game
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,389   +5,016

    It is not the game, it is the person and how they are trained.

    It is funny to think someone will lay blame on a game, when people piss their self instead of going to the restroom. But when it comes to gun violence, it couldn't be the game.
    ProJ0e likes this.
  5. Thorney

    Thorney TS Enthusiast Posts: 56   +14

    My son is 8 and eventhough we have a PC and XBOX he can get access to he is locked out before and after 8am - 6pm which means he has a little time to play after school, he cannot get up in the night and play or anything like that. Also we are still refusing to let him play Fortnite. Our older son started playing Halo much younger and we set him on that path too soon,COD by 9 etc he has since calmed down a bit but he still plays too much really.
  6. Jar Jar Binks

    Jar Jar Binks TS Rookie

    To all of those who say that this is on the parents and not the game, I will say one thing. This game causes addiction more than any other game I have ever played, and I have played a lot of games. I’m 25 and lived with a household of four other 25 year olds. Before this game, we played video games occasionally. At most, for an hour at a time. Once this game came out, we began playing every free moment we had. We once played for 16 hours straight. This game is incredible, but disgustingly addictive. I had to leave TBH and now will never by a console again because I’ve seen how it just sucks up all your free time.

    This being said, I agree that it is on the parents. But, parents out there, maybe just don’t let your kid download this game. I wouldn’t wish the addiction on anyone, and this game IS more addictive than any other ones
  7. ProJ0e

    ProJ0e TS Rookie

    The real crime here is the parents put a time limit on the game. Why not use the game as a tool? Do good things like get good grades, chores etc. and be rewarded with fortnite time. Clearly a parenting issue, regardless.
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  8. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 563   +355

    Just takeaway the kids and jail the parents. Rehab wont help with such lousy parenting.
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  9. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 723   +285

    The question would be why he stopped playing? The useless time limit cause it wouldnt be enough time with friends or did he not like it, im betting on the former which the kid probably never said.
    Funy how cartoon games aka kiddie games have more violence in them than almost all games but no one ever says anything about those cause well they just arent real games.
    To a kid, just about all games of any kind can be real.
  10. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 723   +285

    The problem isnt the game, its you the player. No one makes you play, its a choice, no different than a person who cant stop eating, smoking or doing drugs. Those things dont make you do those things, you do. You made a choice.

    Bad parenting always plays a part when any child does things wrong, especially if anyone gets killed.

    Guns dont kill people, people kill people.
  11. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 723   +285

    So you punish one for what another did? Yeah that makes a lot of sense. You made a bad parenting decision but think your other kid will make or do the same when thats not true. Kids arent the same but punishing for what another child did, is bad parenting.
    Also why is there a issue to begin with since you let your kids play games that they shouldnt even be playing anyways. There is a reason for a rating system.

    Look in the mirror, your the reason your kid is playing games he shouldnt n then get upset by the hrs he plays. Its called bad parenting.
    Parenting isnt easy but you make a decision n stick with it. No caving just cause your child whines or whatever. Giving in just cause you want a break or dont want to deal with it, thats called bad parenting.
  12. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,653   +319

    I think it's because he had no idea what to do in the game. It's not like he was playing with friends, and he didn't really play it competitively. He was mostly just getting into the game, trying to find stuff, etc.

    Kids are pretty good at distinguishing between what's real and not (unless adults specifically screw their perceptions, like insisting that Santa or the Tooth Fairy exist). And no, kid games don't have more violence in them than almost all games. That's a silly thing to say.
  13. Michiel

    Michiel TS Enthusiast Posts: 32   +14

    It is really not difficult to prevent a 9 year old playing an XBOX One at night behind your back. It's a 9 year old. Either unplug the console, take the console or controller away or use the parental controls.
    Assuming the article is true (and I'm not convinced it is), it's just a clear parenting fail. They gave their 9 year old a type of game that is designed to be addictive and then got outsmarted by her playing it behind their back for hours on end. Oh and they also let her use their credit card (or again, failed to notice that she was using it behind their backs).

    It's the parents that need professional help in this case, the daughter just needed parenting.
  14. Michiel

    Michiel TS Enthusiast Posts: 32   +14

    I'd say that's actually not such strange way of looking at it. These games are designed to be addictive and the psychology behind it is pretty clearly understood I'd say. On the other hand, there is no clear evidence that playing shooting games makes people commit more gun violence or become more violent in general.
  15. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Evangelist Posts: 493   +161

    Weans thing books are for holding up uneven tables/chairs these days. LoL
  16. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,548   +1,767

    And that attitude led to many, many kids being over medicated and screwing them up even worse. For every kid that legitimately had ADHD, there were 10 that were simply energetic that were medicated because the parents couldnt be bothered to parent them properly.

    the child here is a spoiled brat. Nothing a removal of electronics, a good whipping (for punching her father in the face), and some time grounded to her room with proper books and parenting cant fix.
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  17. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,390   +3,779

    A friend of mine came up with a perfect solution. When they were building a new house he had each several plugs in the kids rooms separately on it's own breaker. He got some kind of programmable unit where it could regulate when those breakers would function. Limiting the kids to 1 hour per day has changed their family dynamic's considerably and the children & his wife are closer and happier. A rather expensive solution but it works for them!
  18. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,653   +319

    I'm curious as to what 'weans thing' means.

    As for books, haven't they always been used for this? Not to mention how useful they are for propping up a monitor that doesn't have its own height control. Though they're not as useful as my Wii U Xenoblade Chronicles bundle box, which is apparently a perfect stand for Macbooks, and have been used by some of my colleagues for the purpose. Also let me tell you, ebooks are useless for holding up tables. I tried.

    Anyway, books can also be read, and surprisingly this also sometimes happens in my house (though not much by me; I've largely gravitated to audiobooks).
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  19. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Evangelist Posts: 493   +161

    Weans, kids, children.

    I prefer digital books myself these days, as they are simply more portable.
  20. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 731   +559

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  21. J spot

    J spot TS Maniac Posts: 221   +141

    "Perhaps people should look more toward the parents instead of the game."

    This comment is just as bad as those using video games as a scapegoat. The parents were proactive, limiting her play time, taking the X Box away from her, and even sending her to rehab.
  22. No they weren't. The girl's problems began immediately after getting the Xbox, as covered in the article. They then left her unsupervised with it for months (evidenced by her being able to "secretly" play 10hrs per night) and even dismissed CC charges until they found her soiling herself mid-game.

    They should have done what every other sensible parent would have done as soon as the first grade dropped: taken it away until the girl got her act together.

    They weren't proactive. They were careless and ineffective.
  23. J spot

    J spot TS Maniac Posts: 221   +141

    The parents had a one hour per school day, two on weekend rule for the daughter. Which is not the norm compared to the vast majority of kids. The girl waited for the parents to go to bed to secretly play at night. I've done similar things, parents are not omnipotent, how are my parents supposed to know that I'm secretly playing? (Only for like half an hour, I wasn't allow to play weekdays.)

    They noticed her mood changing, her grade slipping, and they did something about it.

    This is not a problem that they ignored for years, since the XBOX was given to her this January. They saw a problem and did something about it once they realized what it was. Compare that with so many other parents who scream and yell at the kids, but in the ends lets them play for hours a day.

    Do we expect every single parent out there to set up an alarm to wake up at different times of the night just to check up on their kids sleeping? Is that a reasonable expectation? No, not until you realize that there's a problem. And when they did they took some action.
  24. I never got the chance to secretly play video games, because my parents would take the console or cables away when I wasn't supposed to play. Why? Because they know kids are sneaky.

    This girl's parents?

    They. Did. Not. Do. Their. Job.
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  25. J spot

    J spot TS Maniac Posts: 221   +141

    That's extreme. The vast majority of parents are not taking the cables away from their kids for the chance that they might play when they're not supposed to. Just because your parents did that, probably because they had reason to, just like these parents eventually took this girl's XBox away, doesn't mean that every other parents are negligent. Just because your parents did something, it doesn't mean that it should be the standard for things. We're not talking about prison and contraband, the vast majority of parents are not going to assume for no reason that their children are sneaking in the middle of the night to play. Why would they? They have so many other daily things involving their kids that will take priority. It's like thinking, "My kid really likes to climb trees, let me lock him in his room, including his window, to make sure he never sneaks out in the middle of the night, even though I have no reason to suspect he will."
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