Gaming Addictions Are Real. What Can Parents Do?

New findings from the World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified a new form of addiction called “gaming disorder”. Keep reading for 5 ways to help kids balance gaming in their lives. Be sure to share with a friend!

The WHO’s definition of gaming disorder includes:

  • A pattern of behavior for at least 12 months in which gaming is out of control.
  • The pattern of behavior must show an “increased priority given to gaming” to the point that gaming “takes precedence over other interests and daily activities.”
  • A “continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences,” or behavior that affects one’s relationships, education, or occupation.

Do you know someone who games too much? Maybe a family member, friend, grandchild? Here is 5 ways to help kids balance gaming:

  1. Set and enforce time limits – starting ‘technology timers’ at a young age so they know the house rules
  2. Be a role model – you can’t tell your kids to limit the video games then play games yourself for hours on end
  3. Roll up your sleeves – get gaming – get familiar with the games your kids spend so much time on
  4. Don’t overreact – true video game addiction is rare so don’t freak out just because your child likes their videos games
  5. Stay safe while gaming – with so many games online now, it can be easy to click the wrong place and get a virus – run a FixMeStick scan once a month to make sure your computer is clean

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