Video Game Addiction Help for Teens From Idaho

Video Game Rehab for Idaho Teens

Idaho families seek our video game rehab center because of our unique ability to adapt to the academic curriculum for Idaho 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 a 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.

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.  Our video game rehab uses a harm reduction approach because it’s not realistic to totally give up computers and smartphones.

Under a harm reduction approach, teens learn how to limit their time devoted to video games, and to make better choices about how they are using screens.  Many times campers are unaware of the harm they are causing by playing endless hours of video games. Our structured video game rehab will help your teen learn to make better decisions about their daily life choices.

Video Game Addiction Help: Individual and Group Therapy for Idaho Teens at Camp Pocono Trails

Teens at our Pennsylvania summer camp on 350 private acres receive individual and group therapy for video game addiction and internet overuse habits. We have licensed therapists helping teens develop insight and commit to new routines in life. In individual therapy, the issues are brought forth with one therapist listening and responding to the concerns. The type of feedback that is given, or if feedback is given, is dependent on the therapist’s training. The highly personal nature of the exchange between the therapist and student allows for a specific focus on the issues presented.

Group therapy, on the other hand, involves simultaneous interaction with people typically outside the client’s social and familial network: relative strangers.  Our campers can hear how video games have affected other’s lives and relationships. Input can be both given and received from other campers in this format.

We also have family therapy sessions where we help parents best support their teen upon their transition home from Camp Pocono Trails.  We discuss in family sessions how parents can reinforce positive feelings when a child sticks to their behavioral contract and we also encourage parents to reinforce negative feelings when the child fails to live up to behavioral expectations.

 

 

What Effect Does Video Gaming Have on my Idaho Teen and is Video Game Addiction Help Needed?

 

Our Pennsylvania based video game rehab exists because gaming or video game addiction 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. 

This begs the question, €œwhy 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, €œescape from the real world.€

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.

One advantage our video game rehab has over outpatient therapy is that we can use a group format to address issues.  Our campers are immersed in a healthy, structured environment. We let our campers naturally gravitate towards hobbies and interests they want to explore to take place of screen-based activity.  The good news is that help at our video game rehab can be quite fun. We show teens there is a whole other world out there apart from video games.

Who does Camp Pocono Trails help?

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

Resources

Video Game Addiction Help 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.

Video Game Addiction Help Resource: ESBR Ratings

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).

 

Camp Pocono Trails helps families from Idaho with Video Game Rehab

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