Warning signs of video game overuse can include trouble sleeping, poorer than usual school work and behaviour, and less time spent seeing friends.
Experts agree that it might be wise to gently curb your child’s gaming hobby if they are spending more than two hours per day (every day) gaming, or you are worried about them disengaging with the offline world. Signs that less gaming time would be a good idea include:
With the Health Organisation recognising gaming addiction as a mental health condition, we’ve gathered together some advice for parents. If you are worried about your child or want to prevent gaming getting out of hand, read on:
How do I set up a digital detox for my child?
If you are worried about your child and gaming seems to be the most important thing in life, it may be time for some screen-free living:
If you are still concerned about your child’s gaming habits you may wish to considering seeking the help of a professional counsellor, and start by asking your GP for advice.
The website Internet Matters offers more in-depth advice on gaming for parents, here – https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/online-gaming-advice/
What to do if gaming gets out of hand, an article from Internet Matters, contains more helpful insights, here – https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/expert-opinion/what-to-do-if-gaming-gets-out-of-hand/