What Parents Need to Know About Gaming Disorder

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In 2018, the World Health Organisation included gaming disorder as part of its International Classification of Diseases. Those with the disorder are categorised as having impaired control over gaming, increased priority given to gaming over other activities, and continuing to game despite the occurrences of negative consequences. Naturally, a gaming disorder can affect a person of any age, with children as much at risk as anybody of developing symptoms if left unchecked, While some or all the symptoms may appear, they must be consistently prevalent for a period of at least 12 months to be considered an Internet Gaming Disease or IGD, but that time may be decreased if symptoms are severe.

In the guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as mental health, gambling problems and stress.

Publisher: National Online Safety

Published: April 2021 (1 page)

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