November 6, 2008


CH Live@5:30 Thursday

With the heartbreaking discovery of Brandon Crisp, the conversation on teens and gaming and parents lurches into its next phase.

Join us at 5:30 on CHCH Channel 11, repeat at 11:30.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good show.
I agree on all points.
I've recently gone through a similar experience with a teen threatening to leave and we used the exact phrase that Gary did, "I will not be held emotionally hostage."
I am happy to report that our outcome was far better and she returned after a few weeks.
She soon found out that things aren't as bad here as she thought.

November 06, 2008 10:03 PM  
Blogger aka Joe said...

I wish I had seen this, unfortunately when I checked your site earlier yesterday, there was no mention of your appearance. Note to self: check Lorriane's site later on in the day.

On topic, it is very unfortunate what has happened here and I was very surprised when police said they suspected no foul play. Guess we'll find out after the autopsy what happened. I feel for the parents and family.

However, as I followed this story, I couldn't help but think that here we have another spoiled kid who refuses to live under his parent's rules and decides to punish them by leaving. I can't help but feel that many of the homeless kids you see on the streets started out this way too. Sure, some of them come from abusive situations and they bailed, but it's hard not to believe that in today's society, with kids being more bold and disrespectful than ever before, that many of them simply refused to follow basic rules and decided to hit the road. And once there, they meet others like them and a "pack" mentality develops of an "us" versus "them" mindset. This problem is fairly new to our society, what changed that made kids decide to live on the streets now?

Leaving home over a video game? I'm sorry, but as tragic as this is, I can't help but shake my head at what Brandon was thinking. There are many children out there in far worse situations than not being allowed to play a video game 24/7. No wonder parents are afraid to actually "parent" anymore. You say no once and the kids freak out.

November 07, 2008 9:52 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

This issue is more complex than that, unfortunately. Here's a link to the CH piece - http://www.chtv.com/ch/chchnews/video/index.html - you can sometimes find the clips on their site for the week following, scroll down through the videos.

And at 15, most kids *aren't* thinking so much as reacting. We all did it. And we all know there's always a case that goes sideways and calls attention to how close we walk to the edge.

These video games are different. It's too easy to say 'stupid parents' and leave it at that. I'm not a stupid parent, and this is an issue in my home. I'm a good parent; I have good kids. And still, we deal with this.

It's difficult, the 'experts' have no clue what they're up against (they're playing catch-up too), and every day matters.

November 07, 2008 11:31 AM  
Blogger DJ said...

This is an issue for us as well.
We each have our own computer in this house, and the girls frequently get lost in the 'black hole' that swallows them up. (their room)
Our solution, all net activity stops at 11:00 pm, and if there is any transgressions, it gets unplugged.
We still have difficulty getting them out of the black hole, but the threat of losing internet privileges usually helps.

BTW Joe, I too missed the original airing (bumped by M*A*S*H), but as Lorraine said, you can watch the segment on CHCH's site for that day.

DJW

November 07, 2008 12:42 PM  

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