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Managing Teen Video Game Addiction

With the invention of the high technology gaming gadgets like play station and the xbox 360, your child could be obsessed with video gaming. Games can be addictive and must be put to check or else they may completely ruin the life of your child because of carelessness on your part as a parent. This article is meant for parents of teenagers who might be obsessed with video or computer games. The repercussions of such activities are always detrimental to the overall performance of the children. Do not assume that some 3 hours of video game is not bad enough since you sometimes spend much more time at a computer or on your computerized smart phone.

Video games if not carefully monitored, can virtually rob your child of everything that he or she used to care about. Fortunately, it is often easy to tell when your child has “drowned” in computer gaming. The early signs of such an addiction look for the following signs;-

You child loses interest in most other chores in life in favor of the gaming activities to the extent that he/she may withdraw from society. Do not condone this behavior, curb it early enough to avoid rebellious behavior from your own children. I have been a victim of the same. It’s traumatizing.

Your teenage children quickly learn and acquire some impressive debating skills. If you question their motivations for repetitive gaming activities, they may rebut our concerns logically and even question our own failures as parents.

A child obsessed with gaming loses patience with others, is quick to temper and may react to situations without thinking of the outcome. Take sometime, pay attention to computer gaming, and you will notice that they require this kind of aggression to win or to advance to a higher gaming level.

You can easily tell your child is obsessed with computer game when your child’s grades start falling, when they start skipping their homework, or when they shun from socializing. A stitch in time saves nine, nip the vice in the bud before it’s too late to take control of the situation.

The repercussions of not being able to solve this problem often lead to activities such as: – accusations, breaking things, stealing, running away from home, etc. At this point in time, the child is so overtaken and may do anything to get his or her hands on a gaming gizmo.

It is unfortunate, that your child when obsessed with this kind of violent gaming is literally being molded to react in a queer manner as described above. That’s why it is important that as a parent, you monitor and control access to this kind of entertainment. It is often advisable to substitute such activities with those that encourage slow thinking such as creative art, music, drama or expose them to other non-violent pleasures like swimming, skating or even dancing.

The impact that video games has inflicted on the youth today is an issue that has raised a lot of concern. As a parent of a teenager, do your children a favor by being hawk-eyed on all the activities that engage their time and you will never regret the decision you make in future.

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