naomi_kyle asks:

My son skips classes because of computer addiction, he usually tell us that the reason is that he's being bullied by his classmate.

Later we found that the true reason is that he's spending most of his time on internet shop. We try to talk to him but still no improvement. Please help, what can we do to help him stop computer addiction and to continue his studies. Thank you!
In Topics: School and Academics, Children and the internet, Friendships and peer relationships
> 60 days ago



Aug 4, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

You might be surprised to know that this is a widespread problem.  I'll assume your son is a teenager or a young adult.  The problem is so widespread that it has even been considered for classification as a psychiatric diagnosis though much more research needs to be done before that would happen.  At this point, it sounds like your son needs more help than a family can realistically provide. I would suggest talking with your family doctor and asking about resources for counseling.  The problem would typically be approached as an addiction, and proven, effective counseling techniques are available. The counselor could also help your son deal with bullying, if that is actually occurring.  As with most addictions, however, the key is for the individual to be ready to change.  This can be a tough step, so be realistic as you consider treatment options.

Jeanne H. Brockmyer, Ph. D. expert clinical psychologist

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