PARENTS

HELP YOUR GAMER REGAIN CONTROL

We've worked with hundreds of gamers. It’s going to be ok. You are not alone.

Video gaming is a newly classified addiction, and it is not widely known or treated. Millions of children are clinically addicted to video games. In fact, some estimates show addiction rates as high as 9% in youth under the age of 18*. Compare that with 5% of children with ADHD. If your child’s gaming is excessive and you’ve noticed a change in personality, your hunches are probably right: there is something addictive going on.

  • It is more than psychological.
  • Gaming for hours on end every night is unhealthy regardless of grades or extracurriculars.
  • It can have longterm effects and ruin someone’s future.

 

There is a way to treat this.

What role can a parent play in overcoming video game addiction?

In our experience, the best role a parent can play is two-fold.

First: Understand what is going on in your child’s brain both neuroscientifically and psychologically.

Second: Rebuild your relationship with your child to help you both regain control of your lives.

Both require dedicated, consistent effort.

The HealthyGamer.GG parents’ course is designed to empower you to change the direction of your child’s life through productive communication, a shared understanding and a healthier lifestyle for your gamer.

The course includes:

  • A psychiatric perspective on video gaming addiction
  • Strategies for constructive conversations with your gamer
  • Understanding your gamer’s perspective
  • Frameworks for setting goals, limits and boundaries
  • Guided exercises to complete with your gamer
  • Strategies to change the trajectory of your gamer’s future

The goal of our course is to help parents:

  • Control the timeline. A once-per-week appointment model with a therapist or family counselor can take a full semester or longer. A digital solution moves at your pace and gives you the tools you need all at once.
  • Get on the same page. Regain your child’s trust by understanding his/her world and the needs video games fulfill. An in-depth understanding of your child’s brain and worldview fuels empathetic, relationship-centered communication.
  • Reshape their future. Use our step-by-step guide to create a different physical, emotional and social environment to help your child explore his/her full potential.

*source: “BRAVE NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION: INTERNET GAMING DISORDER,” Dong Chan Park MD, Mass Psychiatric Society, October 3, 2018