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What is Gaming Addiction?
Also known as Online Gaming Disorder, this occurs when children become addicted Gaming either on or off line. Game designers have created the games, in such a way as to encourage hours of play to advance in a game. The games are based on a reward system. The player is rewarded for the amount of time spent in the game. This excitement that a player feels after gaining a level up, or advancing to the next stage, of the game releases Dopamine in the brain. This feeling a player experiences, is similar to what is described as the kick a person addicted to substances experiences. Player over time seek to experience the feeling of attaining the reward again, and again. Reward seeking behaviour, combined with a lack of self control, can lead to addiction problems.
Games are different to those in the past, in that many games have no ending. Games also reward multi-player interaction, making the games a very social experience. Some games are designed to punish players who leave the game. The game continues while the player is off line. Some may return to the game and discover all of their hard work and hours of play destroyed. There are numerous factors in gaming, which can lead to developing attictive patterns of play. Being fimilar with the type of game and the game objectives, can help parents decide if the game is suitable for a child. Ireland now has centres offering treatemnts for Gaming Addiction
Advice for Parents
- One of the first steps to take, is to establish is there a problem, is the child socially withdrawn, spending countless hours playing games, neglecting themselves and responsibilities. Do they react aggressively if there is an attempt made to break or interfere with the gaming cycle. If so then there may be an addiction problem
- Encourage children to reduce the time playing the game. Suggest they engage in some other interest preferably a physical activity
- Parents should be supportive and encourage efforts of a child who wishes to withdraw from games if this has become an issue
- You can restrict access to devices, or set a period of time before the device can be used again
- Set time limits for how long children are permitted to play the games
- Remember that the gaming console is not a child minder. While games can encourage the development of some skill sets as with any thing in life moderation is key. Over use or exposure will have a negative impact on the child
- Stay involved when their child is gaming. Ensure it is not the primary source of entertainment. Try limit game play to no more than 2 hours a day
- Access to these devices for children is a privilege, Not a Right
- The most important message we can give you is that it is OK for a parent to say ‘NO’
See our Parental Control Guide
Children of the Digital Age, was created to deliver Cyber Safety, Online Privacy and Data Protection information to people of all ages all over Ireland. We also now provide educational courses on Pornography and Gaming Addiction. Our goal is empowerment through enjoyable education seminars. Cyber and Internet Safety issues, such as Cyberbullying, Screen Addiction and Sexting, and Pornography Addiction and access, are now only part of the changing and rapidly expanding Cyber landscape. Patents no longer want to attend presentations, to hear the same message repeated year on year. Getting parents to attend to these incredibly important information evenings is essential for successfully educating both young and old, about the existing and constantly emerging new threats we all face in the online world.
Our focus at Children of the Digital Age, has never been about specific Social Media Apps or Privacy Settings. We strongly believe this information is readily available from a variety of sources online. Knowing this, we chose to identify the real hazards and current dangers which are making people susceptible online. Often, it is down to simple human nature. The issues we highlight have a direct impact on everyone, not just children. This is what makes us unique.
We do not rely on a single presentation format, rather, our content dynamic and constantly evolving, addressing new potential risks the moment they arise. Since our inception, we have highlighted, the invasive nature of Apps and potential hazards of Social Media and Pornography. A core element of our Cyber Safety presentations is the misuse of Personal Information and Data through Apps installed on digital devices. Our primary function is always focused on the protection of children online.
5 Star Quality Content
We pride ourselves on being able to deliver very humorous, eye-catching presentations, which have captivated audiences all over Ireland. Regardles of the audience age, we consistantly receive incredible feedback from all those who attend. Children of the Digital Age have a 5 star rating on Facebook from those who have attended our presentations. We also are one of the only companies in Ireland capable meeting the educational Online Safety needs, of those with intellectual disabilities. We can design specific Cyber Safety content, programs and information evenings on almost every online issue on request.
If you are considering an Online Safety Workshop, Parents Evening, Community Group Meeting, Staff Presentation or looking for a Keynote Speaker, give us a call. We can guarantee our style, approach and content is second to none in Ireland at present.
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