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The Next Level: What Happens When Kids Can’t Turn Off Their Games

Flickr Images It was nearing midnight when she slipped out of bed, padded across the wood floors and peered into the room across the hall. Her 15-year-old son was still awake, like she knew he would be, sitting in his bed, staring at his laptop screen. This had long been his nightly ritual: [...]

Study Finds Violent Video Games Provide Quick Stress Relief, But At A Price

Getty Images A study authored by two University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate students indicates that while playing video games can improve mood, violent games may increase aggressive outcomes. The study, authored by James Alex Bonus and Alanna Peebles, graduate students in Communication Arts, and Karyn Riddle, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and [...]

‘They Control Me’: A 13-year-old Boy Laments Video Games

William Lindesay is trying to stop his over-reliance on video games. When I come home completely exhausted from school, I just want to get away from it all. I go to my room and turn on my console. But when I turn it off, it doesn't take long for me to feel drawn back [...]

13 Questions We Must Ask Kids/Teens Before They Get a New Game

We've had disturbing reports this week about a game which "locks out" players for increasingly long periods of time if they don't play every day, leading to kids having melt downs as they realise all their progress will be lost. Apparently this game locks out players for periods of time from 5 minutes to 5 [...]

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Man Dies After Three-Day Internet Gaming Binge

A Taiwanese man has died after a three-day gaming binge at an internet cafe in the island's south, the second such case this year.The 32-year-old, identified by his family name Hsieh, was found slumped in his chair in the cafe in Kaohsiung city. Other patrons initially thought he was sleeping, but when an employee realised [...]

K-Mart’s Grand Theft Auto Ban Widens

K-Mart is now pulling all copies of Grand Theft Auto off the shelves. That includes Grand Theft Auto 4 and its various spin-off episodes. This is in addition to the stop-sale of Grand Theft Auto V titles from K-Mart stores around the country. Grand Theft Auto V was pulled from sale this morning, following a [...]

Parents Are Having Much Farther Reaching Effects Than They Know

We were pretty good at keeping computers and televisions out of bedrooms, but as technology developed we somehow missed that phones and tablets ARE computers. One of the main conversations I have with parents is about their exhaustion at parenting with so many devices in the home. Parents feel out of control. At my seminars [...]

Music Or Books? Teen’s Choice Linked To Depression

Teenagers who whittle away their time listening to music are far more likely to suffer from depression than those who spend more time consuming other media, including books, say the authors of a new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The researchers called 106 adolescents - 46 of whom had been diagnosed [...]

Why video games aren’t all bad

Why do kids like playing video games so much? Is it because they’re violent, misogynistic or just plain mind-numbing?   Generation Next speaker Dr Wayne Warburton has conducted research that shows the impact of violent games on the adolescent brain has both short and long term effects. None of them good.   Let’s leave violent [...]

How to help teens with computer game addiction

90% of children play computer games. 10% of them are addicted. The dangers of computers games have been in the news again recently with the death of a teenager in Taiwan after playing for 40 hours straight without refreshments or leaving the computer. Internet computer games have and addictive dimension to them that some young [...]