Kids Game Addiction
When harmless fun becomes a serious problem
Internet gaming disorder (IGD) is identified by the American Psychiatric Association as unhealthy patterns of digital game engagement. The brains of video game addicts have been seen to resemble those of pathological gamblers with a tendency to experiencing psychological problems and emotional dependency.
Brain imaging demonstrates that video games trigger an avalanche of dopamine into the brain, not unlike the effect of many drugs. Unfortunately, children don’t always have the self-control to withstand such temptations. As parents, part of our role is to help them find a balanced approach to technology use.
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We have to bring them in and keep them addicted and make them keep playing.
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Signs of game addiction
The questions below will help you to figure out if you’re encountering a problem of IGD. If you respond positively to most of the questions then it's likely your child suffering from game addiction. Does your child...
- continue thinking about games even when they are not playing?
- feel moody, irritable, angry or sad when you try to cut down their gaming time?
- try to play less but attempts to reduce gaming time aren't successful?
- lose interest in other past times (including hobbies or time with family & friends) because of gaming?
- continue to play games even after experiencing and discussing negative consequences (poor sleep, neglecting school, spending too much money)?
- lie to you about how much time they really play games?
- risk losing relationships or educational opportunities due to gaming?
Video Gaming Facts
Excessive gameplay can have a negative impact on multiple areas of life …
Violent games containing fighting and killing scenes can reduce child empathy and compassion for others
Video gaming overstimulates children’s brains which can lead to attention problems and inability to focus
Excessive game time reduces a child’s physical activity, a key factor in a number of health problems, including obesity and diabetes.
Video games can leave children isolated and deprive them of real-life communication which has a knock on effect on their mental health
As well as providing a classroom distraction, excessive video game use can feed into problems with concentration and learning
How can Kidslox help manage the causes of game addiction
Kidslox parental control is a technical solution to help manage your child's use of video games. Using Kidslox you can:
- block Internet access for certain periods of the day to prevent your kids accessing online games
- block specific sites and inappropriate materials
- restrict general mobile device usage to unplug your kid
- disable games on the child’s phone remotely from your own device
How to reconnect with your child: Kidslox tips
Manage mobile game use with Kidslox
Set specific rules for game time
Engage your kid in a hobby
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