A NINE-year-old girl is reportedly in rehab for her addiction to an online video game.
The girl is said to have wet herself during a 10-hour-long binge on Fortnite — and even hit her dad in the face when he tried to take away her Xbox console.
The girl’s mum Carole, 36, told the Sunday People: “We had no idea, when we let her play the game, of the addictive nature or the impact it could have on her mental health.
She would secretly play the survival shooter game during the night and didn’t even get up to use the toilet because she couldn’t prise herself away from the screen.
‘My husband saw her light on in the night and found her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion playing the game.
‘She was so hooked to the game she wouldn’t even go to the toilet.’
“She is in therapy for the addiction after she became withdrawn, agitated and disturbed from playing up to ten hours a day – sometimes playing until dawn, wetting herself so she didn’t have to leave the screen.
“This is a serious issue which is destroying our little girl’s life and someone needs to step in to ban it before it becomes an epidemic.”
The young girl confessed she had been getting up in the middle of the night while they were asleep, sometimes playing the game until 5am.
Counsellor Steve Pope, who is treating the girl, told the paper that the game is a “gateway” into further addictions and gambling in later life.
Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos warned: “Parents need to look out for changes in behaviour and make sure their child has a good balance with other social and physical activities”.
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