Gaming Addiction Help for Teens From DC

Gaming Addiction Help Program that Serves DC Teens

Located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, we serve DC teens.  Our 24/7 overnight program is a viable solution for families seeking the very best option for their teen who overuses video games and related online habits (excessive Youtube watching, online pornography, social media).  video game disorder help

Video game disorder help is becoming more common because video games are designed to be habit forming.  Overall, the video game industry generates over $100 billion dollars in revenue per year. Video game designers, like anyone else trying to make a profit, are always looking for ways to get more people playing their games. They accomplish this by making a game just challenging enough to keep you coming back for more but not so hard that the player eventually gives up.

At Camp Pocono Trails, we help teens learn how to live life in balance so that video games are not taking over your teen’s life.  We are the premier video game disorder help program for teens that struggle with digital overuse behaviors including help for internet addiction, family discord, and social problems.  

Camp Pocono Trails Provides Help for DC Teens Needing Gaming Addiction Help


At Camp Pocono Trails, therapists, psychiatrists, counselors, teachers, nursing and activity staff all work together as a multidisciplinary team to help your child.  By participating in a positive peer culture, campers learn how to socialize appropriately and interact in the real world without the use of screens. Over time we will reintroduce your student to screens in a slow, systematic manner.  

We also work with families on how to manage your screen activity as a role model back home.  One effective way to change screen behaviors in your child long term is to role model. When having a conversation with your child, give them your full attention and be sure you are not also using your iPad or phone.  Don™t check your phone when driving. Don™t check devices while at dinner.

Video game disorder help is only effective if the parents are role modeling the behaviors they want to see with their child.  Children will be more inclined to read if they see a parent reading. They will be more inclined to exercise if they see a parent exercising.  Find a hobby or activity your child might be interested in doing where you can spend time together in lieu of video game playing or browsing the internet.  Researchers also recommend replacing fast-paced recreational games with educational games.

Teens from DC Have Been Found to Need Gaming Addiction Help

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. video game disorder help

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.

One study published in the Journal of Health Psychology, takes into account data from more than 130,000 gamers aged between 12 and 88 years old, and the findings of 50 studies into video game addiction conducted over the past 11 years. Depression and anxiety were particularly prominent among the gamers examined in the study. Gaming addiction was the cause of 16 percent of issues related to OCD and physical symptoms, it found, concluding: œOverall, the results suggested that problematic gaming behavior is significantly associated with a wide range of detrimental health-related outcomes.

Our specialized program 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 DC campers who come to Camp Pocono Trails get the opportunity to learn and practice new ways of interacting and making friends.

Who does Camp Pocono Trails help?

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

Resources

Gaming Addiction Help: Use Steam Accounts with Structure

Many gamers that come to Camp Pocono Trails 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.

Teens from DC Have Been Found to Need Gaming Addiction Help

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.

One study published in the Journal of Health Psychology, takes into account data from more than 130,000 gamers aged between 12 and 88 years old, and the findings of 50 studies into video game addiction conducted over the past 11 years. Depression and anxiety were particularly prominent among the gamers examined in the study. Gaming addiction was the cause of 16 percent of issues related to OCD and physical symptoms, it found, concluding: œOverall, the results suggested that problematic gaming behavior is significantly associated with a wide range of detrimental health-related outcomes.

Our specialized program 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 DC campers who come to Camp Pocono Trails get the opportunity to learn and practice new ways of interacting and making friends.

Camp Pocono Trails Helps DC Families From Cities Such As:

Some examples of cities from DC which may have families who could use Camp Pocono Trails: Washington