Online gaming has been in the news lately as the World Health Organisation recently announced the designation of “Gaming Disorder” as a mental health issue.
Online games have been designed to be addictive, and students can find that online gaming can consume their life.
They use it as a way to be social, to be up to date with current trends, and it’s a common topic of conversation. It can be very difficult for students to monitor and control their online gaming habits.
Identifying if your child has a problem with online gaming is the first step. Game Quitters is an excellent online resource for parents and teenagers to help manage their online gaming.
Alternatives to online gaming include:
building something in the Northbridge MakerSpace
reading a book from the Northbridge Library
joining one of the Northbridge Nagas sporting teams
volunteering for a Northbridge service club
being involved with a Northbridge performing arts club
doing a Northbridge LEAP activity
Bring in cards or a board game to Northbridge’s Cafe Blends
Your child’s time at Northbridge is the time to try new activities and learn new skills. Reinforce this at home.
At home, encourage your child to talk about these alternatives, maybe do some with them.
Consider board games and card games at home, which create the social experience without the technology. Invite your child’s friends over for a board game night with pizza.
If you are concerned about your child’s use of online gaming, please let our Secondary Counsellor Dave Reed know.