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Boy stops speaking to his mum for a year over 'harsh' video game ban

By Nikolina Koevska Kharoufeh |

Restricting the amount of time kids spend playing video games isn't unheard of, but one parent is facing major backlash from her son for doing so.

Mum Merial Myers took to Twitter to share how her son reacted to her gaming rules - and ask whether she had been too harsh on him.

"My son is refusing to speak to me for the rest of the year as I won't let him play adult console games," she wrote in the post. "He's 12 and he wants to play GTA and Call of Duty because all his friends are doing it..." she wrote on the post. Am I being too strict here?"

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Young boy playing games on a computer at home
The boys intense reaction to her ban lead the mum to believe she was going too far. (Getty)

The tweet has gathered a lot of attention from fellow parents.

"I had the same rules for all mine. Did they go behind my back and play it at friends homes of course? I did not allow it in my house though," one mum stated.

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"I work in video games. Those ratings are there for a reason. Would you let your 12 year old watch an 18 rated movie? Same principle applies - too many parents don't think they're as bad - but some really are," another person noted.

While many people supported the mum's decision saying it was for her own child's safety and wellbeing, a surprising number of readers thought she was the one that was going too far.

"Not letting him play these games somewhat isolates him from his friends. His friends will talk about these games, probably a lot, and your son can't participate," a follower tweeted back.

Another said: "My boys played the games and they are great upstanding men now. I'm proud of them. Games don't ruin kids, bad parenting does."

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