I blogged recently about letting my son play RuneScape, a massive mulitplayer online role playing game, here and here. Well, we’ve had the first fall out from it. His teacher had to ask him and his friend to stop talking video games incessantly or she would take away their recesses for the rest of the week. Later in the day they forgot the threat, and subsequently got the punishment.
I can feel for their teacher. I took the two of them in my van to a school competition in a nearby city. They talked RuneScape strategy for 30 minutes straight. Another boy joined us for the ride home and added about 15 minutes to the dialog. I listened with interest and even asked some questions. The exchange of information fascinated me, but I wasn’t trying to solidify long division.
My son says he’s learned his lesson and understands that his teacher is serious. The lost recesses are enough punishment for me for now. We’ll see if he can make it through 10 more days of school with the RuneScape conversation under control.