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Gaming Disorder is listed in a draft document that remains to be finalized. It’s important because the WHO guide is used by doctors to analyze disease. It lists symptoms such as lessened control over gaming, increased priority and escalation of gaming despite negative consequences.

Addiction in clinical terms is a compulsive state that is diagnosed under certain criteria. For example, gaming disorder is defined “by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”  It is important to note that this behavior pattern has lasted at least 12 months and has lead to difficulties with family, friends, socializing, education and other areas of functioning.

Well, parents should consider whether their fears over digital media use are well-founded or not. If the answers are no, then these particular parents may need to put in place guidelines and restrictions for heir children in order to address problematic use. In other words, parents can tackle the overuse of online games by taking steps to achieve balance in their homes:

  • Establish screen balance guidelines.
  • Carry out a digital detox.
  • Find creative ways to allow games and tech time, balanced with outdoor or creative non-tech activities.
  • Make sure that games are age-appropriate and content-appropriate.
  • Notice how your children interact with their devices and games (aggressive, irritable, may mean that less screen time is needed).

So, try the above measures and tackle online gaming disorder in children.


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Joydev Mishra

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