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    Tips to Prevent Gaming Addiction In Young Children in 2023

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    Prevent Gaming Addiction In Young Children
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    Update: This article was last updated on  3rd Nov 2023 to reflect the accuracy and up-to-date information on the page.

    We all know that playing video games can be addictive. When children are unable to focus on any other activities, cannot control the urge to play games, and end up spending the majority of their waking hours playing video games, they are often called addicts. Reportedly, 8.4% of children and teens have problems with game addiction.

    Game Addiction Facts

    According to a recent study, children as young as eight years can develop a gaming addiction. The average age of a gaming addict is 24 years old and a report from 2020 states that between 64% to 66% of the general American population play video games to some extent.

    Video Game Addiction Statistics

    Dangers of Gaming Addiction

    1. The World Health Organization has recognized gaming disorder as a mental health disorder, and it is listed in the ICD-11.

    2. More than 85% of commercially available video games feature violent or objectionable material that encourages aggression, drug and alcohol abuse, criminal activity, disdain for authority, violence against women, racial slurs, profanity, and obscene gestures.

    3. Video games promote immoral behavior, thereby encouraging players to dismiss immoral thoughts as unimportant.

    4. According to a Taiwanese study, children and teenagers who are heavily addicted to video games typically perform worse in school and are more aggressive.

    5. The effects of gaming addiction on relationships, jobs, school, mental and physical health, and other areas can be severe.

    6. Young children who are hooked on to video games may have food and sleep issues and social isolation.

    7. Additionally, an addiction to gaming can affect concentration and memory.

    Electronic Epidemic

    Important Tips to Prevent Gaming Addiction in Young Children

    As a parent, it’s important to be aware of the potential for gaming addiction in young children. Gaming can be a fun and healthy activity for children, but monitoring their gaming habits is important to prevent addiction. 

    However, the following tips can be followed to help prevent gaming addiction in young children:

    1. Set limits on gaming time

    Like any other activity, it’s important to set limits on how much time your child can spend playing video games. This will help ensure they don’t become too engrossed in the game and start neglecting other important aspects of their life.

    2. Encourage other hobbies and activities

    In addition to setting limits on gaming time, it’s also important to encourage your child to pursue other hobbies and activities. This will help them stay well-rounded and avoid becoming obsessed with video games.

    3. Monitor game content

    Some video games can be violent or contain gore graphics. It’s important to monitor the game content your child is exposed to and ensure that it’s appropriate for their age group.

    4. Be involved in your child’s gaming activities  

    One of the best ways to prevent gaming addiction is simply being involved in your child’s gaming activities. Play video games, watch them play, and talk to them about their actions. This will help you better understand their interests and habits, and you’ll be able to provide more guidance if needed.

    You should do the same if you want your child to limit their screen time. Show them that you can enjoy other activities without needing to be glued to a screen.

    5. Talk to your child about gaming addiction and its dangers  

    Explain why you think it’s important to limit screen time, and let them know that you’re there for them if they ever feel like they’re struggling with an addiction.

    6. Know the difference

    The only way you as a parent can help your child get away from video game addiction is by knowing the difference between addiction and normal gaming habits.

    Normal Video Game Players And Video Game Addicts

    Get Help!!

    As soon as you feel that your child’s gaming time is getting out of hand, get help from your therapist, or pediatrician. Although, research on video game addiction treatment is still in its infancy. 

    CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy, is one type of therapy that may be beneficial. This mental health counseling helps one modify their gaming-related thoughts in order to assist in altering their behavior.

    According to one study, counseling a child with their parent’s involvement improves the outcome of such sessions. If your child is an avid gamer and you find it difficult to say no to them, a therapist can teach you how to set time boundaries for them in order to reign in their gaming addiction. 

    Conclusion

    There’s no doubt that games can be addictive, especially for young children still developing their sense of self-control. If you’re worried that your child might be at risk of becoming addicted to gaming, try to follow the above advice to prevent gaming addiction in young children.

    Try to diversify their interests and make sure they have other hobbies outside of gaming. Talk to them about addiction and explain why it’s important to avoid becoming addicted to anything. Turn your kid’s interest in Gaming into a passion for Creating Games. 

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    Deepa
    Deepa
    7 months ago

    I recently read a survey of 116 scientific studies published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, indicating that playing video games changes how our brains perform and their structure.

    Elle
    Elle
    7 months ago

     Tell me some specific warning signs of gaming addiction in children?

    Ina
    Ina
    7 months ago
    Reply to  Elle

    When you see a loss of interest in other activities, such as completing their homework or feeling frustrated or angry when you ask them not to play games.

    Thames
    Thames
    7 months ago

    Can anyone recommend any sports academy in Tampa for teenagers? I want to enroll my kid in a sports academy to reduce his screen time.

    Marina
    Marina
    7 months ago

    These are some of the popular ones:
    

    1. Tampa Sports Academy
    2. Soccer Shots – Hillsborough County Florida
    3. The Trench Academy
    4. Tampa Elite Soccer Academy
    Disha Agrawal
    Editor
    7 months ago
    Reply to  Marina

    GFD

    elementus
    elementus
    7 months ago

    It is all about being in control. A small amount of gaming is good. It actually release small amount of dopamine that is good for mood. The danger is crossing the limit.

    Adriana
    Adriana
    7 months ago

    What can I do if I start feeling upset or frustrated when I can’t play games?

    ninaa
    ninaa
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Adriana

    It’s okay to feel frustrated sometimes. Take deep breaths and try doing something else you enjoy, like drawing or going for a walk, or joining a sports club . This can help you calm down and feel better.

    Aurelia
    Aurelia
    7 months ago

    What are some early signs of gaming addiction?

    Clara
    Clara
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Aurelia

    Early signs of gaming addiction can be when someone starts to forget about their duties, stops enjoying other things they used to like, spends less time with friends or family, and starts doing worse in school or work

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