Internet Gaming Disorder Treatment For Teens From Oregon

Teens from Oregon Have Been Found to Suffer Depression Due to Internet Gaming Disorder

While based in Pennsylvania, we help Oregon teens with internet gaming disorder. Research has consistently shown that all screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all non-screen activities are linked to more happiness. Eighth-graders who spend 10 or more hours a week on social media are 56 percent more likely to say they’re unhappy than those who devote less time to social media. Campers who spend six to nine hours a week on social media are still 47 percent more likely to say they are unhappy than those who use social media even less.

The opposite is true of in-person interactions. Those who spend an above-average amount of time with their friends in person are 20 percent less likely to say they’re unhappy than those who hang out for a below-average amount of time.  The number of teens who get together with their friends nearly every day dropped by more than 40 percent from 2000 to 2015; the decline has been especially steep recently.

Our Gaming Disorder Treatment Center will help your teen learn healthy new routines- and we will help them transfer these skills back home by preparing them for success.  Socialization practice and time management are key components of the program. All Oregon campers who come to Camp Pocono Trails get the opportunity to learn and practice new ways of interacting and making friends.

Gaming Disorder Treatment Center / Gaming Rehab for Oregon Teens

While based in Pennsylvania, Oregon families seek our Gaming Disorder Treatment Center because of our unique ability to adapt to the academic curriculum for Oregon campers.  Our video game addiction rehab helps gamers develop the internal drive and motivation to focus on academics- not the latest video game. 

Lack of self-regulation is the common denominator that affects a student’s preoccupation with video games and lack of focus on everything else: school, friends, chores, reading, and so on.  At Camp Pocono Trails, developing self-regulation skills is what we do.

Gaming Disorder Treatment Centers for Oregon teens should not be punitive.  We take a natural approach, reconnecting teens with nature, friends, and themselves over time.  We start out with a back to nature phase where campers fully unplug and are immersed in a natural environment.  Being in nature helps our campers quickly get over the withdrawal phase of video game addiction.

Video game addiction help is not a simple as taking away the student’s video game system.  Screens are everywhere, and many parents come to us with stories of how their student has been able to bypass whatever safeguards they put of.  On top of that, computers and Chromebooks are often issued at school, and socializing through an online app by a smartphone has become a normal part of identity development.

One thing we hear a lot at Camp Pocono Trails is a child’s belief that, “All my friends are online, so if you take this away from me, I would be all alone.” Video game addiction help is not an all-or-nothing issue. At Camp Pocono Trails, we take a harm reduction approach. This means educating the student on the harmful effects of certain online activities including:

  • Online pornography
  • Video game violence
  • How violence is portrayed in certain games
  • How gender roles are portrayed in certain games
  • How playing games without set boundaries can interfere with academics, social practice, or achieving your life goals

Using a harm reduction approach, Camp Pocono Trails campers become enlightened as to the habit-forming qualities of video games and social media, in addition to how exposure to different types of online media can change your perceptions of violence or gender roles.

We Help Transfer Online Success to Offline Success for Oregon Teens

It™s easy to get locked into a pattern of policing electronics. The problem with a policing strategy is that it does nothing to help the child learn how to manage electronic use independently.  If your child is headed to college or independent living soon without the ability to manage their screen activity, you should intervene as soon as possible.

Sometimes it’s just easier for a team of seasoned professionals to address an issue that has become toxic for a parent to address.  Parents and teens can become deadlocked in a disagreement about video game or internet use. This is where Camp Pocono Trails can help. We give the teen a format to reinvent themselves in a nonjudgmental, supportive atmosphere with other former gamers.  

Gaming Disorder Treatment is uncharted territory for most parents.  Parents today are tasked with raising the very first generation of teenagers immersed in a world of technology.  Screens are everywhere- teens bring internet-connected smartphones to school and often have access to games on the bus, in class, in the lunchroom, and back home again until mom or dad return from work.  For most families, gaming addiction is an issue that requires high levels of intervention.

Who does Camp Pocono Trails help?

Camp Pocono Trails helps teens struggling with issues similar to those below:
– Anxiety
– Video game addiction
– Poor Communication Skills
– Addictive Behaviors
– Social Issues
– Social Anxiety Disorder
– Family Conflict
– Depression
– Social isolation
– Low Self Esteem
– Trauma
– ADHD
– School Refusal
– Technology Addiction
– Autism Spectrum
– Impulse Control

Resources

Internet Gaming Disorder Resource: Follow Online Safety Tips

 

One important tip for video games or online digital media is to watch it or play together with your child.  Do not let your child keep their game system in their bedroom. Instead, keep your video game system in shared family spaces to stay familiar with how your children are using it. You can assist your student to make smart entertainment choices by discussing the game or media together.  One good way to start is to watch a Youtube œplaythrough video before you purchase a game.

Communicate. Make online activity a daily topic of conversation.  Ask your children questions about playing new games, meeting new people online, favorite websites and other interests. Encourage your child to ask questions, too.

Set guidelines. Determine what video gaming and online rules work best for your family, and work with your children to establish technology rules.  Examine if violence is part of the game your child wants to play. How often does violence appear? Is it rewarded in some way? It™s up to individual families to make the right choices for their child in regards to what they want their student exposed to.  At our Gaming Disorder Treatment Center, we can help parents learn how to make the best decisions in regards to digital media for their child.

Internet Gaming Disorder Resource: Steam Accounts

Many gamers that come to our Gaming Disorder Treatment Center use a Steam account to manage their game settings.  Here is a comprehensive guide for parents to manage your child’s Steam account.

Steam: Setting up Family View

We encourage you to create a Steam account with your child. If there are features of Steam that you would like to exclude from the experience, you can restrict access using Family View. You may also choose to enable Family View on your own Steam account if you would rather they share your Steam Account.

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=5149-EOPC-9918


To enable Family View:

  • Log into the Steam account your child will use.
  • Click the Steam menu in the top menu bar.
  • Open the Settings option.
  • Go to the “Family” tab on the left side of the window that opens.
  • Click œFamily View to start the Family View wizard.
  • Step through the wizard to select the content and features you™d like to be accessible while in PIN-protected Family View.
  • Select and confirm your new PIN.

With any gaming company, we recommend you check game ratings and actually have your child demonstrate the game before allowing any unsupervised play.  You can also go on Youtube to watch a game œwalk through to see how violence and adult themes are portrayed.

Camp Pocono Trails Helps Oregon Families From Cities Such As:

Some examples of cities from Oregon which may have families who could use Camp Pocono Trails: Portland Salem Eugene Gresham Hillsboro Beaverton Bend Medford Springfield Corvallis Albany Tigard