June 1, 2012

XBOX Zombie Prevention


With the school year coming to an end, I decided it was a good time to discuss summer time activities with my 12-year-old son. Basically, I just wanted to let him know that he would not be allowed to spend every waking hour on the Xbox. He would have a 2-hour per day limit for video games and that was it. After a solid 15 minutes of debating and “what ifs” I finally said enough and that his time limit would be cut in half every time he brought it up.

Later that night, I found a 7 page report on my desk that outlined the psychological effects of video game usage. To his credit, he did include a list of cons, albeit a short list. The negatives only took up 3/4 of one page while the benefits filled up the rest.

No, the report did not earn him more video game time. But he did get extra mommy points, which are always good to have, especially during summer break.



  • Jannie Bryant

    You are so wise to do that.  I should have put more limits on my son when he was growing up.  I have never been able to figure out the attraction.

  • Pattilittle

    The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, Karen…. what a smart kid!!!  He’d probably be great on a Debate Team. ~ I hope you’re having a great day!  xo, Patti Little
    (p.s. I dropped out of Facebook… was getting weirded out by the privacy issues)

  • Freckles333

    Way to go mom !  Address a “behavior” before it becomes a problem. You are as Jannie says~~’wise to do that’.  That is why you have such terrific children… guidance and love.
    It was wonderful your son wrote his report on psychological effects on video games. Shows he is aware. Kudos to you both!!

  • Bubblegummom

    My son was a videogame-aholic. He wound up graduating from Digipen and now he programs video games for a living.

  • Melanieoberg1976

    You should consider sharing the report! I’m impressed!


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