Problematic Gaming

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.

https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/

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.

https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/online-gaming-advice/

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.

https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics/gaming

If you think a child might have gaming problems and you want to seek advice there is support available such as;

https://www.addictionhelper.com/addiction/gaming/

https://www.ukat.co.uk/gaming-addiction/

For support within Tameside please visit;

Healthy Young Minds is a Tameside NHS resource that supports children and families around mental health.

https://healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk/

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you think a child is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being please contact one of the numbers shown on this page.

Your phone call could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If the child is not in immediate danger contact:

Children's Hub

  • Monday to Friday during office hours - 0161 342 4101
  • Monday to Friday outside office hours and weekends and public holidays – 0161 342 2222
  • GM Procedures Manual
  • Safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Children's Hub using the Online Electronic Referral form