Gaming Addiction Help for Teens From South Carolina

What Effect Does Video Game Disorder Have on my South Carolina Teen?

 

Video game disorder is very hard to treat.  In one surprising study, In one study 84% of addicted gamers were still addicted two years later, demonstrating how difficult gaming addiction is to treat.  In the same study, 7% of online gamers were classified as psychologically or behaviorally dependent on online gaming. video game disorder help

This begs the question, “why is gaming so addictive?”  According to research in the Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 41% of people who play online video games do so as an, “escape from the real world.”  Another risk factor is found in players with strong social motivation. Some games involve social obligations, where players have to work together. This can mean a player feels obliged to play along as the rest of the group wants to play. Farmville strives to ensure participation at regular intervals by making gamers dependent on each other for daily allotments of fantasy resources.  

Putting together role play and social use in one game should yield a highly compelling game. World of Warcraft, a massive multiplayer online role-playing game, fits this description and is, anecdotally, pretty addictive.

There is much debate currently about the effect of video game violence on the real world.  According to a study in Pediatrics, as much as 20% of real-life violence may be attributable to media violence.  Why is this? Researchers speculate that there is a two-fold issue here. First, constant exposure to video game violence decreases our sensitivity to real-world violence.  Seeing a fight at school might seem more normal to a child that has been exposed to ongoing video game violence, making them less likely to intervene or even more likely to instigate violence themselves.

Gaming Addiction Help: What Can South Carolina Parents Do Now?

Our Pennsylvania summer camp specializes in video game disorder help.  In general, if a teen is unwilling to participate in outpatient therapy, or if outpatient therapy in South Carolina is just not making the changes you want, we can help.  A video game disorder help center that is specifically designed for your child’s unique needs is your best path forward. video game disorder help

The next step up from outpatient therapy is a residential help or video game rehab.  Residential help provides a œreset on family relationships, but also with the relationship the child has with video games and the internet.  Simply put, the surest way to change a child’s video game habits is to create a total reset with online activity. That™s where our gaming rehab comes into play.

Consider the Future Cost of Doing Nothing

We know that teens who play online excessively have lower self-esteem, read less, and score lower on tests.  Sitting for long periods of time can result in weight and health issues. Missing out on face-to-face interactions can set your child behind socially.

Teens face many challenges today.  Some believe they will be the next Youtube star or the next champion video game player.  Parents often have difficulty arguing this logic with their teen. At Camp Pocono Trails we can introduce your child to more realistic life pursuits in a supportive atmosphere.

At Camp Pocono Trails, we focus on teaching coping skills and develop insight “ something no pill has the ability to do.  We also take a positive approach. Our professional licensed counselors are sensitive not only to the dynamics of each individual teen we work with but also to group dynamics, and the dynamics of conflicts between staff and campers.  As opposed to individual therapy, at our video game disorder help center we can step in while conflicts are occurring and break down exactly what happened, and have our campers practice different ways of dealing with stress, anxiety, or any other feelings they are struggling with.

Who does Camp Pocono Trails help?

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

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.

Gaming Addiction Help: Setting up Controls on Your Apple Computer and Phone

Apple brand products offer some of the best and hardest to œget around controls for parents.

You can learn how to set up parental controls for Apple products here: https://support.apple.com/kb/ph18571?locale=en_US

As a parent, you want your kids to have a safe and happy experience on the Mac. Using Parental Controls preferences, you can manage, monitor, and control the time your kids spend on the Mac, the websites they visit, and the people they chat with.  After you set restrictions for a child using a Mac, you can manage parental controls from a different Mac. Both computers must be on the same network.

Camp Pocono Trails helps families from South Carolina

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