my kid is addicted to the xbox

CAROL - posted on 01/18/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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How can I break the habit?
What other activities can I get him involved in?
I work and don't have the time to take him to outdoor activities. I am gone from 8am to 7pm.

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Cecilia - posted on 01/19/2013

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sorry i had to edit a few times to get the right link, that's what i get for not reading the link first. sorry if you read it before i edited it.

Cecilia - posted on 01/19/2013

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well then i would password protect the xbox.

https://support.xbox.com/en-US/billing-a... (i know it's not making it a link for you, just copy and paste it into browser it works)

when you get home if homework is done you can unlock it for him.

What you can do is allow the xbox only one hour of play before it needs a password. I don't know if it can be completely locked.(i do know you can set minutes though, would really get on his nerves to have 3 minutes lol.) I use my timer for moderating how much time they play. If i set it for 3 hours a day they need to split the time ( as you can't put timers on a profile itself)

CAROL - posted on 01/19/2013

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My son is 14 in a couple months. His grades are terrible D's and F's and not doing homework or handing in assignments.

Cecilia - posted on 01/18/2013

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how old is the kid? Are their grades okay?

The reason i ask is because the truth is you might not like the xbox but if it isn't doing any harm to grades then I personally would let it go. You aren't at home until late. S/he could be doing much worse things. The xbox can be the working parents best weapon. It keeps the kids off the street, out of trouble, and if you have live it does allow them to socialize to a point. (seriously this is how teens socialize now) I know you want your child to be doing more productive things but you might need to accept that since you can't take him/her to do things, they are stuck at home. Depending on age, yea they can catch a city bus somewhere and do something alone, but i doubt they want to. with you not there to push the issue i doubt they would do it.

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