Simple Solutions for Dealing With Video Gaming Addiction and Keeping Kids Safe Online
Internet Gaming Addiction
Did you know:
The World Health Organization declared Internet Gaming Addiction as an official mental health disease in 2018.
The harmful effects of video games leads to disruptions in sleep, and eating habits, and also leads to isolation. It has also been linked to depression, anxiety and potential seizures.
Reddit is a very large and well known discussion website. It has over 34,000 members in it's anti gaming discussion group and just 29,000 in it's pro gaming group.
Treatment for gaming addiction, like other addictions can range from $2,000 to $25,000 depending upon length of time and inpatient verses outpatient therapy. Although, very few insurance companies offer coverage for video game addiction.
I have developed a simple device called a Smart Cord to prevent or control video game or TV addiction. This device is not meant as a substitute for conventional therapy but as an extra measure for parents to set limits.
I developed the Smart Cord to help parents in my internet safety work shops to deal with their kids "gaming". They just wanted some way to turn off the game console or TV, short of a major melt down and ugly confrontation.
What better option could you ask for than the ability to control scheduling or console power from your smart phone?
Parental Controls Breakdown
Internet safety for kids
Parents today find it difficult to monitor their children's online studies, gaming buddies, or browser searches. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. Some useful applications and built-in features help with the task of managing and monitoring smartphones, tablets, and game consoles. These usually fall under the title of "Parental Controls".
I'm a parent also and have provided children's internet safety workshops for other parents and cybersecurity classes for seniors.
We help parents and teachers understand and set
limits on kids' electronic devices.
Parental Controls are features built into almost every internet-capable device such as computers, game consoles, smartphones, and tablets. These features are often utilized when children are not abiding by common sense screen limits such as:
1. Spending hours online gaming and refusing to stop or become angry when asked.
2. Inappropriate amounts of time spent on social media accounts.
3. Easily distracted from online school courses by Youtube videos.
Security features are included or can be added to almost all current WiFi routers. These features can be used to:
1. Protect children from phishing scams and adult web sites.
2. Restrict types of reachable content
3. Monitoring can also be set up for protection against cyberbullying and online predators.