My brother’s ad­dicted to de­vices at 13

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Q: I’m writ­ing about my brother. He’s 13 and in year 9. He’s se­ri­ously ad­dicted to de­vices. He’ll play games all day and this makes my dad and my grand­par­ents an­gry. My brother won’t do any­thing when he’s not on his de­vice ex­cept lie on the couch.

My brother has a bad his­tory with de­vices. He sneaks on to com­put­ers ev­ery chance he gets. Late at night and when­ever he was al­lowed, he’d be gam­ing. He plays on phones and when one is con­fis­cated he gets hold of an­other.

He’s now got a lap­top and we all be­lieve it’s mak­ing him dumb. My brother gets an­gry when his com­puter is taken away from him. He’s al­ready not do­ing well at school and he’s lazy. Do you have any ideas?


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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