Gaming Addiction In Children Dos And Donts

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Gaming Addiction In Children: Dos And Donts

Swapna Nair, Education and Career Counselor


Feb 27, 2019 | 3 : 00 PM to 4 : 00 PM

"Mom! Can I please download a game, mom? Please!!??"  Sounds familiar? We hear children as young as three, four and five years of age, keen on (and surprisingly, even knowing how to) download games on their parents' smart phones, tablets or iPads. As youngsters ourselves, even we were fascinated by video games and computer games and, agreeing that it is natural, it is still a bit of a concern that our children are caught in the lure of these games. But if you ask me, the question is not why are the children hooked on to games and smart phones? The question is why have we let them?



Who & what  is to be blamed?



Everyone blames the TV for spoiling our children but a bigger danger is lurking in our homes, small enough and smart enough to fit in those tiny hands and change their worlds forever, like never before! From a very young age, our children are exposed to games and apps on our smart phones and if we, as parents are not careful, it is only an invitation to disaster. It is important to check what your child is downloading and what games your child is playing. Though mindless games are okay once in a while, it can act as an addiction that is difficult to get rid of as the child grows. Also, many of these games need your child to make a lot of in-app purchases that you need to set proper controls for. For instance, many of us are aware that the recent star of the gaming world, 'PUBG' is taking the country by storm. The game has been downloaded almost over 50 million times since its release in December last year. The game has already taken a teen's life and there are other being treated for its addiction.  In fact, the World Health Organisation recognised gaming in the International Classification of Diseases. 



So what can you do?



Well, if you absolutely have to introduce your child to the world of apps and gaming, why not invest a little time and get the games and apps that will help your child, .teach him something new. Why not get a game that challenges her intellect or even teaches her something really important? Choose a game wisely. Try and see age appropriate games and informative apps. Children are like a sponge, ready to absorb all the knowledge that they can and use the apps to bring this knowledge to them in story format that they will enjoy.



There is a lot you can do without your time restrictions, but I say, make that effort, take those five minutes out. So the next time, you give your phone to your child to play while you work, you know that he too is investing his time in an activity that stimulates his mind and makes him work, and learn too, in the process. After all, your children are going to be this young only once. Give them the chance of remembering their childhood as fondly as you remember yours



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Swapna Nair
Anything in overdose is bad. The mobile phone can get addictive dueto the games in it. Set a routine where you do not hand over for more than 30 minutes. 30 minutes is very long for a toddler. Longer timing will affect the eyesight, sleep and cognitive development. Set the rule and the onsequence and implement strictly. Children are too small to understand the consequences, hence it is in our hands to regulate the usage. 2019-02-27 15:10:22
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Swapna Nair
I understand your worry. He is too small to understand the consequences. 2019-02-27 15:02:06
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Please set a daily routine for him. This ought to include all his tasks after he returns from school. You can keep oneh our of play- outdoors and 40 minutes of entertainment. 2019-02-27 15:03:04
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Enrol him in extra curricular activities like art, music, martial art etc 2019-02-27 15:03:35
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Tell him the new rules. And the consequences. If he does not hand over the phone after 40 minutes he will not touch the phone the next day. In spite of crying keep away the phone. or uninstall the game. If it requires wifi, switch off the wifi . 2019-02-27 15:05:23
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Swapna Nair
Guide him to play outdoors. He may resist initially but slowly he will begin to play. Indoors you may have to play with him or invite his peer group twice or thrice a week so they all play together. When you give the phone, give it with a warning of the time. Ignore his tantrum. do tell him that if he throws the phone he would not get it the next day and ensure you do not give it. He may cry or sulk for a day. It is ok. He knows now that he can manipulate you. So you have to break this cycle. 2019-02-27 15:08:08
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Set a routine. Keep aside 45 -60 minutes. Talk to her about the rule you are bringing in and also the consequence. 2019-02-27 15:21:57
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Implement properly and consistently 2019-02-27 15:22:08
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Engage her in extra curricular activities and play as much as possible. 2019-02-27 15:22:31
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Inculcate book reading. 2019-02-27 15:22:39
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Set the limit and implement it firmly 2019-02-27 15:23:06
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children love to test our boundaries. Please dont give in 2019-02-27 15:23:24
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Swapna Nair
One game will lead to another. I understand your concern. Share your concerns with her grandmother. Tel her how smartphone usage will affect her eye sight, quality ofsleep, brain function and language function. maybe you can google and send her the links over whatsapp. She will then understand the consequences. Please try to enroll her in some activities after school. if she cant be taken to the classes you may engage an art /music/dance teacher accordingly who will teach her at home. regulatethe usage. let the grandmother give for just 1 hour exact. Take it away. if she resists then she does not get to use it the next day. If you can be strict about this she will learn she cannot break rules. enroll her in a library. Maybe you can get someone to teach her make up and fashion design too. She can be taught the basics. 2019-02-27 15:15:17
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It is a growing concern. You will have to regulate the usage. ensure she uses it for 30 minutes only. It is alright if she gets cranky or cries or screams or does not eat. Ignore her tantrum. Before setting ther ule ,tal kto her baout it and also the consequence. for example ifshe uses a minute more than 30 minutes she will not touch the phone or internet for 24 hours. And please enforce the consequences. She is seeking attention through the virtual world. Instead focus on her in real time and give her as much attention as possible. for children attention isequal to love. Since she is interested in making vidoes you will know her passion- isi t music, dance or dubbing ? Accordingly enrol her in the real classes. Engage her in activities to keep her away from the phone.Inculcate story telling and book reading. She seems to lovethe hteatrics so see if you can enrol her in a drama class. Share your concerns with her teachers and seek their support to enroll her co curricular activities. Appreciate her efforts. 2019-02-27 15:20:28

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