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Police called to stop fight over internet

Police in Reykjavík were called to a home in the capital area this week to solve a domestic dispute about the limitation of internet usage.

According to Morgunbladid, the parents of two teenage boys had introduced new rules about how much time their sons could spend surfing the internet on their home computer.

The boys had previously been allowed unlimited internet usage and were not happy about the sudden limitation.

Psychologist Haukur Haraldsson said such problems don’t happen over night. He said parents have to be very clear with their children from the start about how long they can use the internet and what kind of activities they’re allowed to engage themselves with.

Haraldsson said that once teenagers get used to being allowed to spend hours on end in front of the computer playing online games like World of Warcraft or Eve-Online it is hard for parents to take action.

The teenagers may have developed a skill in playing the game and are members of a team that depends on them, Haraldsson explained. Therefore, he said, it is understandable to a certain extent that the teenagers get angry when their parents suddenly decide that they are no longer allowed to play.

Haraldsson believes that parents have a duty to follow the internet activities of their children, just as they would follow their activities at school and during their free time.

Recently police in Ísafjördur, in Iceland’s Westfjords, was notified about “flashers” who target young girls on MSN.

Click here to read more about that case.

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