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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 [...]

Internet overuse and addiction – warning signs, prevention and detection

For many young players it is the ‘fantasy world’ of the game that attracts them and it is this that they become addicted to; they would rather live in a world of online games than participate in the real world around them. This is especially true of RPG’s (role playing games) where the player morphs [...]

Internet Addiction on the Rise

Computer games and other online activities have become a multibillion dollar industry to rival hollywood. The evidence linking violent videogames with aggressive behaviour is now indisputable. In addition, the growing evidence for the addictive potential of such games is now causing concern amongst many mental health professionals with debate occurring at the highest levels about [...]

Kids Spending Too Much Time in Front of Screens – Mostly with Parental Cooperation!

A recent survey of school children in NSW showed that young people are spending on average 3 hours per day in front of a screen (computer or tv), the majority of which is computer time. On weekdays about 44% of primary school and 61% of secondary school children spend more than the recommended 2 hours [...]

TV habits of kids: is it too much too often?

The phrase ‘square eyes’ isn’t used much anymore. But it could definitely be applied to many children and teenagers who spend copious amounts of time in front of some form of electronic media each day, including TV, computer games, videos and mobile phones. The following facts were compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics but [...]

Tips on how to stop Technology killing family life

A new term is being bandied around by the experts, technostress relates to the rise in home based technology and the fall in family interaction. Every family seems to have an iphone, ipad, blackberry, computer, internet, laptop and video games, but the art of just spending quality family time hanging out together seems to be [...]

New Report: Playing video games increases risk of obesity in teenagers

18% of US teen are obese* A recent study carried out in the US, Video game playing increases food intake in adolescents: a randomized crossover study, has found that trends in video game playing parallel obesity rates on a population basis. In the first such study of this kind, Canadian and Danish researchers tested their [...]

Cartoon Porn: new Nintendo game only gets PG rating in Australia

Can cartoon characters depicted in a sexualised way be considered porn? The answer is Yes; if 3 of the female characters are under 18 years of age, well endowed, provocatively dressed and the game allows players to look up their skirts and dresses. Other countries such as Sweden, Denmark and Norway have already pulled the Nintendo [...]

Why teenagers should turn off TV and turn on life

In today's society school age children are at risk from excessive screen time. Here are some interesting but alarming facts gathered by an American organisation; Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood.  Research shows the negative impact of time spend by young people in front of the "box". Including multitasking, children ages 8 to18 years old spend [...]

Benefits and Risks of Social Media Use in Children and Adolescents

75% of teens own mobile phones 54% use mobile phones for texting 25% log onto social media sites more than 10 times a day The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a clinical report, The impact of social media on children, adolescents, and families, on the benefits and risks of social media. They stressed that [...]