A mom has revealed how her 7-year-old son became addicted to computer games with his personality changing so much he now attends a special school.
Jake, 9, and from Hertfordshire, just north of London, began using an iPad when he was just 5. Around the same time he’d also borrow his older brother’s game consoles.
But it was his parents’ decision to buy him his own for his seventh birthday which really caused problems.
To cut costs they let him use his siblings’ games even though they were not appropriate for his age.
Jake’s mom, who asked not to be named, told The Sun Online: “His addiction to technology had most definitely caused an erratic change of behavior and it had turned our lives upside down.”
“Due to the convenience, and expense to a certain extent, we stupidly allowed him to play the games his brothers had, instead of buying him new ones suitable for his age range.”
“To our own fault, and misjudgment, Jake began to play games over 16 and 18 rated games from as young as just seven.”
“We didn’t think twice about him playing these games, or playing on apps from our family iPad, until it was too late.”
“Due to the violent nature of the games he had been playing, he began swearing regularly, despite the fact he didn’t even know what the words even meant – he’d just picked them up from the appalling language of the characters.”
“It got to the stage where he was playing on his games console and tablet for at least six hours a day, consistently, without a break, except to eat and drink in the school holidays, and not much less than that when he was back at school.”
The couple’s story comes as it was revealed children as young as 12 are being treated for technology addiction at The Nightingale Hospital in London.
According to OFCOM — the UK’s version of the FCC — using the internet has overtaken TV watching as UK kids’ favorite pastime. Last year it was revealed that kids aged three to four spend over eight hours a week on electric devices – a huge rise of 26 percent compared to 2015.
And in 2015, a survey by Tech and Play found a quarter of under threes had their own media device, like a tablet of console.
Jake’s parents were stunned by the impact his gaming addiction had on his personality.
His mom explained: “When trying to get him off of his games console, or the tablet, it would be incredibly difficult.”
“He would kick off, scream and shout, throwing temper tantrums…