I would love to do that, I really would.
Perhaps you dream of hazy summer days playing cricket in the garden and chilly winter nights gathered around the Monopoly board by the fire. And d'you know what? That was my childhood.
But it's not my children's childhood.
As in so many other households, my kids are glued to their screens, and it takes a lot of temptation or persuasion to drag them away.
When they were younger, it was the TV, and I would have happily have got rid of it, just as my parents did. Even though I know the consequences of being different to other children, because that is the downside. But I was outnumbered.
Then it was the Nintendo DS, then the Playstation, the laptop, and more and more and more.
It's a universal worry, but at least most children have some other outlets: they play sport, or go to dance clubs, or scouts, or just simply hang out with their friends. Children on the autism spectrum develop obsessions, and these days their obsession are often video games. So one of the standard prescriptions from the "professionals" is to limit their access to games and the internet. Easier said than done, of course.
But I do know of many families who claim to do that. Who work through the consequences and come out the other side. They all say that family life is much better as a result: calmer children, more interaction, more healthy activities. It sounds wonderful doesn't it?
The biggest danger of using the nuclear option is that you're turning your wish for your child to spend less time on the internet into the ultimate battle of wills. That you as a parent have to win. And that is a dangerous situation. Because some children on the spectrum will not let anyone win. No matter what you do, they will find a way to beat you. They can hold out longer than you can, because they know your weak points. They know you have to sleep, to care for the other children in the house, go to work, whatever. And switching off the internet is also likely to be seen as the ultimate punishment, and how is the child to understand this if they believe that they have done nothing wrong? What might this do to the parent/child relationship?
The if the autistic kid is bigger and stronger than their parents, you're in trouble before you even start.
And what if everyone is so worn down by meltdowns that they cannot face introducing new rules that they know will just cause more.
Then there's the other children in the family who may not be at all supportive of having their internet access taken away.
What will the child do instead? I did an entirely unscientific survey of my Facebook friends recently on this topic. Almost all of them confirmed that their non sporty sons and daughter spent most of their teenage years holed up in their bedrooms on the internet.
So perhaps it's better to leave things be. Isn't a peaceful house a much better place for everyone?
I expect you can guess that I've chosen not to go unplugged in this house. Have you?