Gaming Addiction Help for Teens From Iowa

Gaming Addiction Help for Iowa Teens

Iowa families seek our video game disorder help center because of our unique ability to adapt to the academic curriculum for Iowa campers.  Our video game disorder help center helps gamers develop the internal drive and motivation to focus on academics- not the latest video game. video game disorder help

Instead of devoting energy to “real-world” activities and pursuits, teens needing video game disorder help will spend most of his or her time playing games. If your teen has developed a need for video game disorder help, it’s most likely they have prioritized gaming accomplishments over all other activities such as spending time with friends and family, school achievement, work performance, and interpersonal relationships.

Video game disorder 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.  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 Iowa Teens

Many parents seeking video game disorder help for teens report that limiting screen time is very difficult to accomplish. 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.

Video game disorder help 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.

Teens with video game disorders, especially those in emotional pain, don™t need fixing; they need to grow emotionally.  Parents and teens can become deadlocked in a disagreement about video game 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. In our supportive environment, we can provide the structure for emotional growth and help teach practical life skills the teen will need when they reach independence.

 

Gaming Addiction Help: Individual Therapy for Iowa Teens

At Camp Pocono Trails, we support individual therapy.  We can work in tandem with therapists back home in Iowa to ensure a smooth continuity of care from our Pennsylvania summer camp on 350 private acres.  We also recommend our families engage in family therapy sessions while your child is in attendance. This is done during workshop weekends. video game disorder help

Sometimes individual outpatient therapy does not work because the teen is not honest or realistic about their issues. Many people have shame and anxiety about discussing their most problematic behaviors or thoughts and only share part of the story with their therapist. For example, a teen my complaints about not being able to sustain friendships in therapy, yet they don™t reveal to the therapist they were invited to a birthday party but did not go in order to stay home and play video games instead.  For this individual, outpatient therapy is unlikely to succeed at accomplishing the initially stated goal.

Also, sometimes a teen just needs a higher level of help than outpatient therapy can provide.  Or the teen may be unwilling to attend therapy sessions. For outpatient therapy to be effective, the student needs to engage with the therapist.  For example, most behavioral therapists have the student journal or track behaviors in order to change behaviors.

If a student is unwilling to do these most basic components of help, parents should look at going up to the next level of intervention.  This can be a help center like Camp Pocono Trails which specializes in video game disorder help.

Iowa Teens Can Find Success at Our Gaming Addiction Help Center

Iowa teens often struggle with video game disorder, which leads them to our Pennsylvania based facility.  This can lead to depression, being bullied, and having a hard time making friends. Part of our help process is catching campers back up on social skills they may have missed out on due to excessive gaming.

Finding success also means building motivation to pursue meaningful life pursuits.  Building motivation is fun! We use systematic self-monitoring techniques to guide campers to better habits that also builds motivation.  Systematic self-monitoring is just a fancy term for carefully planning your daily behaviors, in addition to setting up support plans to ensure planned behaviors are executed.  Campers set themselves up for college success or life beyond high school by building the life skills they need to be successful on their own.

 

Who does Camp Pocono Trails help?

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

Resources

Gaming Addiction Help: ESBR Ratings

http://www.esrb.org/

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is the non-profit, self-regulatory body that assigns ratings for video games and apps so parents can make informed choices. The ESRB rating system encompasses guidance about age-appropriateness, content, and interactive elements.

As part of its self-regulatory role for the video game industry, the ESRB also enforces industry-adopted advertising guidelines and helps ensure responsible web and mobile privacy practices under its Privacy Certified program. ESRB was established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).

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.

Camp Pocono Trails Helps Iowa Families From Cities Such As:

Some examples of cities from Iowa which may have families who could use Camp Pocono Trails: Des Moines Cedar Rapids Davenport Sioux Iowa City Waterloo West Des Moines Ames Council Bluffs Dubuque Ankeny