Real Friends vs Virtual Friends
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|Thu, 03-07-2013 - 2:16pm|
Hi everyone. I have a dilemma with my DD. She is 12. She has always had a lot of friends, had friends over or gone the their houses. For her 12th birthday we got her an ipod. She played with it often but still hung around with her friends.. She recived a laptop this past Christmas and now she wants nothing to do with her friends. She rather "play" with her virtual friends on the computer. We know her passwords and her father checks her laptop and ipod frquently to monitor the sites she goes on. She has not been on any inappropriate sites. She rarely has friends over, doesn't go to their houses or make plans with them anymore. At times she rather stay home with her computer than go out to dinner with me and her father. She is withdrawing from her friends and family. She is in activities such as cheerleading, dance and gymnastics.but she is not making friends with these kids. We try to limit her computer use (no computer until homework is done, only 2 hours a day on weekends) but nothing works. She has misbehaved and lost her privilages for days at a time and she acts like her life is over if she does not have her electonics. Any ideas on what to do? I want her to have real friends.