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I have tried many things to get my kids, mainly the boys aged 12 and 17, to limit their internet gaming use. It is not always appropriate to turn the internet off due to other family members. They can get cranky, especially the 17 year old, when they have their games taken off them. I have tried a weekly plan with time limits but unless I am there to “enforce” it 24/7 they don’t seem to stick to it. Its becoming a real concern. Does anyone have any suggestions?


Posted by Melissa, 18th March 2014


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  • We keep all devices in “public” areas, like the family room, which makes enforcing limits so much easier.


  • I wouldn’t let them use the internet when I or another responsible adult is not home. Therefore I would set a Password for all Internet which only the adults have & change it OFTEN. I promise it really wont kill them. They can spend the time doing chores or homework or reading a book & then they will be ready to hit the Internet when someone is at home to monitor it. Sorry there is no easy answer but frankly internet gaming could be the least of your worries the internet can be both a fantastic and a dangerous tool. Your children will hate you for a while but my teens always went through times when on or (lord help me) all of them did and we all survived. Have fun. Michelle


  • I’m wondering if there may be some kind of timer you could set up that turns the Internet off at a certain time? Would get great if there was such a thing


  • Change the WiFi password daily and they only get it if they have done their homework, chores etc.


  • Offer them something in return, some more time, an allowance or consequences
    No internet for a week. Etc,


  • You are in control of internet usage in your home. Tell them that. Make them earn their device and minutes on the device. Be strong and stick to your plan. Good luck.


  • When our daughter was younger I used to have one of those nanny net type programs – I can’t think of the name now but it did allow me to set a time limit, sorry I’m not more helpful.


  • If they are using wi fi, change the password pnce you think they have had enough


  • New password on the WiFi when you are not home (you can always change it back when you are home) or they have to earn the PRIVILAGE to game on the Internet, it is not a right.
    I have not bought anything that my kids can game on except my iPad, so I don’t have this problem with my teenagers. Good luck


  • You are the adult, enforce the rules easy, well not easy, you say its hard becasue other family members are using the internet, well take their devices away from them then


  • set a limit and stand your ground


  • im having the same problem here so i got them into more after school sports busier for me but healthier for them


  • There are programmes you can get to help the limit u want. Thank goodness I’m not at this stage yet lol


  • You could go through the trouble of capping their daily/weekly usage, but it is a bit fiddly to do.


  • You just need to be harder or them. I had the same problem and decided 3 days a week were no electronics days, we go running or play games instead. I actually take their things away and hide them otherwise they will just keep playing. They were not happy at first, but now used to it!


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