For the vast majority of children and young people gaming will not cause a major problem.
However, a minority of children and young people can develop problematic gaming behaviour.
Signs of Gaming Disorder
There is no one indicator that predicts gaming disorder. Below are some common signs to look out for problematic gaming in children and young people;
- Preoccupation with gaming
- Giving up other activities for gaming
- Continuing to play despite problems caused by gaming
- Using gaming to escape adverse moods
- Withdrawal symptoms when not gaming
- Unsuccessful attempts to reduce or stop gaming
- Deceiving or covering up gaming
Understanding Parental Controls
It is important to understand the parental controls so you can control your child’s access online. The website below gives support to understand parental controls for specific phones, gaming devices, internet and social media.
Understanding what your child is doing online
It is important (particularly for younger children) that you understand what children and young people are accessing online. This website provides plenty of advice and guidance for parents/carers.
If you think your child has problematic gaming start a conversation with them. Child Net gives a good age appropriate advice about how to initiate conversations with your child and offers advice for if you think your child is playing too much online.
If you think a child might have gaming problems and you want to seek advice there is support available such as;
For support within Tameside please visit;
Healthy Young Minds is a Tameside NHS resource that supports children and families around mental health.