How to stop your kids playing video games
By: Mark Jones | September 25, 2018 | 2:17:12PMWhen you have a child who is interested in gaming, you want them to get the game they want.
When you’re not able to, it can be tempting to play with a friend or take them out for a drive.
This is where parents should be on the lookout for signs of child abuse and exploitation.
Read more”If you’re concerned about your child’s safety, you should talk to your doctor,” says Dr Jennifer Condon, who works with the Childline charity.
“Parents are not only the most important person for their children, they can make a difference too.”
Condon is the child abuse counsellor at the Centre for Family and Community Services (CFCS), which runs a number of child protection schemes around Australia.
“We’ve seen a huge increase in reports from parents of children with gaming issues,” she says.
“Parents often tell us that gaming is something that they’ve never had to do before, or that they just don’t think it’s appropriate.”
Here’s what you need to know about child abuse:What are the risks?
The majority of people who abuse children online have never abused them in real life, but the risk of abusing children online is higher than that.
“This is because many child abuse situations are very difficult to identify, especially with online activity,” says Condon.
“It’s important to recognise that, even if you don’t have a problem with gaming, if you’re doing it for fun, it’s very important that you know what you’re engaging in and what you are doing is wrong.”
“If your child does engage in inappropriate behaviour in the games, you’ll need to do more to prevent it.
For example, be careful about playing games that involve the use of sexually explicit images, which can be a trigger for a child’s developing a problem,” says the charity’s counsellors.
Read MoreWhy are children becoming more interested in games?
There are a number potential reasons why a child may become more involved in online gaming, including: “More attention being paid to the technology”What you can doTo stop your child from becoming an addict, there are a few things you can try:”When a child becomes involved in gaming there is a risk of developing a ‘grief’ disorder,” says psychologist Dr Jennifer Anderton.
“In this case, the child may have feelings of hopelessness and abandonment, which are common in gaming.”
“You may also want to work to help the child understand the social, cultural and economic factors that may be affecting them,” says Anderon.
“For example, by using games as a way of connecting with other children and families, you can help them to develop healthy and meaningful relationships.”
“Parents should also be aware of how their child may develop an interest in other children,” says Liza Firth, a child psychologist at The Children’s Hospital of Western Australia.
Firth says that there are many signs that a child is at risk of becoming addicted to a video game, including poor social skills and poor communication skills.
“Children may be overly excited about the new game, or be more interested than they realise,” she adds.
“If this occurs early in the game, the person might have problems controlling their excitement or playing the game safely.”
Parents should work to prevent their child from getting hooked on the game.
“Children should never be encouraged to become addicted to video games,” says Firth.
“You should work with your child to develop safe play and moderation strategies so that they can focus on their education and work to develop better social skills.”
How to deal with itWhat you need from your childChild abuse is a serious issue that can cause lasting psychological and emotional damage, and can leave children feeling like “they’ve lost control”, says Cointelegraph’s Dr Laura Williams.
“It’s very rare for someone to get addicted to gaming,” says Williams.
“But the risks associated with this are very real, so parents need to be aware that their child is playing, and know that the game is potentially dangerous and could be a cause for concern.”
Read moreIf you or someone you know is concerned about a child being involved in a video-game addiction, you may want to talk to a mental health professional.””
Some children report that they feel pressured into playing a video games game, which makes it difficult for them to express themselves in their own way.”
Read moreIf you or someone you know is concerned about a child being involved in a video-game addiction, you may want to talk to a mental health professional.
“We also need to talk about the potential impacts of gaming on our mental health,” says Lisa Trewsbury, from the Centre on Family and Child Development at The University of Western Sydney.
“Research has shown that when children have access to the internet, they may feel more free to explore new activities, but it also seems that gaming has the