http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/03/children-addicted-violent-games-warn-teachers See now I have a son who turns 15 next month who loves nothing more than coming home from a long day at school and unwinding playing on his Xbox, namely Halo Reach. And upstairs all I ever hear is him laughing and having fun with people he's known on Xbox live for quite some time. More importantly he knows I trust him to spend a certain amount of hours playing and not to come off any later than 9pm on a school night so he can shower and watch a movie before bed. He's physically fit, has friends at school, has a girlfriend and although I would say he's somewhat addicted he's more addicted to playing just the one singular game than he is actually playing games in general. It's the game he garners the most "online respect" from and people tend to add him to their friends list after playing with him because he is rather good at the game and is a known good player. They even send him lofty praise type voice messages which are often quite lol inducing because some of them are about 10 and have high pitched voices like you wouldn't believe. On the other hand I also have a nephew who is but six months older than my son who comes home from school and then eats, ****s and sits in front of his console until 4 or even 5 am - each and every night. He then goes into the same school as my son by 9am looking like he's slept rough. Nobody stops him playing and I've heard him on the phone raging at the likes of CoD and swearing his head off in front of my mother and father in law who are both in their late 70's. He's physically unfit, closed off to any form of conversation and has been in constant trouble with school. Once to the point he hit some other kid he played online with and was suspended for a week. He's pretty much the complete opposite of my son and is allowed to do what he wants due to his aggressive nature that is said to have already been present long before he got into gaming as a hobby and his school work has suffered tremendously of late. Sometimes my son complains about what other people on his friends list can play and for how long but he understands and respects the fact that different parents have different approaches and even admits he would hate being like his wayward cousin who ignores him at school. Hearing what I hear when my wife is on the phone where he lives I'd call it a blessing in disguise but find it shameful that nobody has the balls to tackle him or the obvious problems his gaming habits create. Are teachers simply clueless though or is my sons cousin a genuine example of all that is wrong with a portion of todays kids that are allowed to game whenever, on whatever and for as long as they like?