Mum’s ‘strict’ video game ban sees 12-year-old son stop speaking to her for a year

The mum took to social media to crowdsource opinions on whether she has been “too strict” with her 12-year-old son after he stopped talking to her

The woman’s 12-year-old son has stopped speaking to her after she told him he couldn’t play R-rated video games

A mum’s “strict” decision to stop her son playing video games that are rated as being for people aged 18 and over has led to her son vowing to stop speaking to her for a year.

The mum took to social media to crowdsource opinions on whether she has been “too strict” with her 12-year-old son after he stopped talking to her.

Taking to Twitter, the mum said: “My son is refusing to speak to me for the rest of the year as I won’t let him play adult console games…

“He’s 12 and he wants to play GTA and Call of Duty because all his friends are doing it.

“Am I being too strict here?”







The tweet divided opinion online
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In less than a day, the tweet has had thousands of likes, as well as hundreds of replies and retweets, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Some people have agreed with her, while others have shared differing views.

One Twitter user said: “Parenting is tough! My son is also 12. He knows what’s ok language but listens to a lot worse on line as we all do, yet it’s relevant or it’s amusing, or it’s ‘in context’.

“If he’s a good kid he’ll know the difference and you won’t have a problem. Trust your parenting!”

Another said: “No. I didn’t let mine. They’re 15 and 16 & I *just* okay’d those games not long ago. I don’t think I’m an overly strict parent, but 15 also has movie & tv rules still.

“16 less so, but they have [different] maturity levels & 16 is good at choosing what’s appropriate for himself.”

A third said: “Been through this already and very hard to stop them doing what their friends are all doing and talking about every day, they can become ostracized.

“My two are both in there mid 20’s now and on balance it was right to let them use the games, the bigger issue is time allocation!”

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