Teens Who Murder Over Loss of Phones, Video Games

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Thursday, February 12, 2009

Teens Who Murder Over Loss of Phones, Video Games

An interesting look at an increasing number of kids who resort to violence and murder when their electronic gadgets are taken away as a means of discipline.

An increasing number of teens  have made headlines for apparently resorting to violence in the face of losing their beloved computers, video games and cell phones. It's a type of violence that shocks generations that came of age before the home electronics revolution, but not the experts who study today's kids.

From the Michigan teen who reportedly shot both of his parents over a cell phone last year to the Ohio teen convicted last month of killing his mother over a video game, experts say a small subset of young people are ill-equipped to balance their electronic life with the real world.

When their whole world is wrapped up in text messaging or video games, being cut off leaves them frantic.

Source: ABC News