Video Game Addiction Help for Teens From South Carolina

What Effect Does Video Gaming Have on my South Carolina 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. video game rehab

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.

Gaming Rehab: What Can South Carolina Parents Do Now?

In 2010 the Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed 2,000 children ages 8-18 in 2010 and found children€™s screen time totals an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes per day.  53 hours per week in front of a screen is more than a full-time job and amounts to wasted time they could have been using learning a new skill, taking lessons, reading, or doing homework. video game rehab

In general, if a child 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 gaming rehab or video game addiction rehab that is specifically designed for your child’s unique needs is your best path forward.

The next step up from outpatient therapy is a video game rehab.  Video game addiction 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.

The group component of video game rehab is what it’s all about.  At Camp Pocono Trails, we engage our campers as part of an interdependent team that works on engineering, science, and problem-solving tasks.  It takes the entire group to overcome the challenge. Interactions become grist for the mill in therapy, and therapists can intervene in real time to develop insight and practice coping skills.

Best of all, campers get socialization practice and learn how to interact with each other in socially appropriate ways.  If your child is socially behind, being bullied, or needs social practice, our gaming rehab is where they should be.

South Carolina Teens Can Find Success at Our Video Game Addiction Help

Internet gaming disorder is a serious issue in South Carolina.  Fortunately, at Camp Pocono Trails we help our campers build motivation by finding replacement activities that are healthy and more productive than mindlessly browsing the internet, watching Youtube, or playing endless hours of video games.

It€™s been our experience that after the initial detox period, campers find replacement activities quickly and can transfer their feelings of success online to an offline world.  Young minds are able to quickly adapt as routines and interests changes- especially if there is peer support helping the teen along.

We€™ve found some unique ways to transfer online skills to the real world.  For example- campers engage in drone races using controllers much like an XBox controller.  The difference is that they are outside, and racing through obstacles as part of a team.

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

Video Game Addiction Help Resource: Steam Limits

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.

Video Game Addiction Help Resource: 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

Camp Pocono Trails helps South Carolina families from cities and towns like Sullivans Island Kiawah Island Isle of Palms Folly Beach Seabrook Island Meggett Mount Pleasant Hilton Head Island Awendaw Edisto Beach