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It’s Up To Parents To Pull Plug On Internet

Dr_Zinj Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 8:50 AM
I have a couple of problems with today's column. First of all, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has a major weakness in that disorders are added, changed, and removed on a very policitical, and not very scientific (if any)basis. So inclusion, exclusion, or consideration really holds little meaning, except when $$$ figures are attached by CMS. Secondly, in most cases a child on Facebook, or playing internet games is NOT alone with a machine. Facebook is a pure communication tool. And most internet games are competitions and cooperations between live players.
Dr_Zinj Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 8:53 AM
If a girl is more interested in conversations of Facebook, or a boy more interested in setting up raids in WoW; that speaks more of a lack in the family than a dysfunction on their part. After all, what kid wouldn't prefer hanging out with friends on-line when they can't get transportation to the local soda shop, or face the prospects of a dinner of dry tasteless roast beef, lumpy instant mashed potatoes, and overcooked brussel sprouts?

A week ago, after I gave a speech to a parent group, a mother with a difficult issue approached me. It was something she didn’t want to discuss in front of her school community during the question-and-answer session.

“Basically,” she whispered, “my daughter is totally addicted to Facebook. She is on it all the time — and I mean ALL the time — and if we ask her to click off and join the family, she gets very nasty.

“I feel like I should do something,” the mother told me, choking back her emotion, “but I don’t know what to do.”