Video Game Addiction Help for Teens From Wisconsin

Looking for a Video Game Addiction Help? A Place for Wisconsin Families to Start

Located in Pennsylvania in the Poconos, our video game rehab offers Wisconsin families effective options for creating life changes.  Many parents that enroll their child at Camp Pocono Trails try in-home interventions first. A behavioral contract can work, but parents need to remember that a contract is like a marriage.  Both parties need to agree. You can’t just force the rules upon your child. Ask them what they want to work for, and how much time is reasonable to play online after homework is done. video game rehab

The key to taking back control of the media in your home is to make agreements ahead of time €“ before the video game ever goes on. There should be a clear agreement that spells out the limits and rules about the use of the game. Make it a family rule that your teen must make a schedule before they turn on the game system.  Have your teen write down exactly what time they will play from and when the game system needs to be turned off.

Common Sense Media is a nonprofit organization that provides independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media. Its website includes recommendations for age-appropriate content and advice for parents who have concerns about their children and social media/technology.

American Academy of Pediatrics provides a customized “Family Media Plan,” which helps craft a realistic schedule for screen time, taking in to account educational requirements, extra-curricular activities, household chores, and other items determined by the family.

However, is gaming is an ongoing source of tension in your family, you may be beyond the stage of trying an in-home intervention.  If any attempt to curb your teen’s video game use or cellphone/computer use results in a heated argument, please give us a call today.

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. We don’t see your child as “broken,” they simply need to learn new skills and develop new habits.  Punitive programs that seek to tear a child down and rebuild them can result in a child simply pushing back harder than before.

Video Game Addiction Help for Wisconsin Teens

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

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 Wisconsin 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.

 

 

Who does Camp Pocono Trails help?

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

Resources

Video Game Addiction Help Resource: TechAddiction.com

TechAddiction is committed to providing helpful, informative, and high quality links to services and individuals who provide help for or information on internet and video game addiction.

Reaching out to your local therapy network may also provide the solution you seek.  However, if you’ve already tried therapy and you didn’t get the results you wanted, or if your child refuses to go to therapy, Camp Pocono Trails may be exactly what you are looking for.

You can also reach out to your insurance company and see if they cover group or individual therapy, or if they cover summer camps like Camp Pocono Trails.

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.

Camp Pocono Trails Helps Wisconsin Families From Cities Such As:

Some examples of cities from Wisconsin which may have families who could use Camp Pocono Trails: Milwaukee Madison Green Bay Kenosha Racine Appleton Waukesha Eau Claire Oshkosh Janesville West Allis La Crosse