Today is a big day for parents and teens living in the digital world. The U.N. Health Agency has classified compulsive video game playing as a mental health condition. “In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition.” – Times
In working with teens and school counselors for many years, gaming addiction is a frequent conversation. A teen I worked with recently, who is a sweet and kind personality, was gaming with strangers who told him to “kill his dad,” when his father told him to get off Xbox for the night. When his dad saw that, they decided to take a break from Xbox and come back to it with a new set of safeties and boundaries. The teen uncharacteristically ran away and after being found tried to hit his dad. It took time away from the screen for this family to get their sweet boy back. This is the ugly truth behind device and gaming addiction that is a familiar story among many families.