My brother’s ad­dicted to de­vices at 13

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the place you live and as you ex­plained, your brother is seiz­ing what­ever he can.

I think you need to talk to your fa­ther and grand­par­ents. Show them your let­ter and ask them to start tak­ing steps to re­solve this.

It sounds as if they’ll need help from a psy­chol­o­gist or coun­sel­lor and the best place to start get­ting the help is to go to your fam­ily GP or your brother’s school coun­sel­lor.

Maybe the school is al­ready aware that your brother has a prob­lem. You need to talk to some­one who will lis­ten and take you se­ri­ously.

In the mean­time, as a fam­ily you could start to mon­i­tor your own screen times. Do you have phones at the ta­ble? Some­times, grand­par­ents and par­ents can be the worst of­fend­ers for de­vices.

Make a list of all the phones, iPads and com­put­ers in your house and ac­count for them ev­ery night. Could one per­son be re­spon­si­ble for putting them all away at a cer­tain time?

Good luck with all this, you sound as if you could use a break.

Mary-anne Scott has raised four boys and writ­ten three nov­els for young adults, in­clud­ing which was re­leased in March 2018. (One Tree House). As one of seven sis­ters, there aren’t many par­ent­ing prob­lems she hasn’t talked over. To send her a ques­tion email life.style@stuff.co.nz with Dear Mary-anne in the sub­ject line. Your anonymity is as­sured.

My 13-year-old brother plays on his phone. When he loses one phone, he gets an­other. When he’s not play­ing games he just lies on the couch. 123RF

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