A word of caution to parents: taking away you child's beloved gadget as a form of punishment may seem like tough love, but it can backfire in a big way. Consider the case of a 15-year old Canadian teenager that ran away from home after his parents took away his Call of Duty 4 gaming privileges. The child has been missing since October 13th and Microsoft has decided to double the current reward of C$25,000 ($19,400) for any information that leads to his return. Microsoft may also be handing over information about who he might have been playing with online before the incident. I know we are talking about a 15-year old kid here, but I'm sure this will spark some debate about whether or not gaming addiction is a problem that should be taken seriously. [Reuters]
OK, this IS a real issue. I have two boys and although I can and often drag them outside, they seem to just be biding their time until the next gaming session. They participate in school and family time but it all seems like a lot less of a priority than Wii. Any advice?? Thoughts? What has worked for you??