What are the symptoms of IGD?
In the past two years, children have been confined to the four walls due to the Covid pandemic, hence the resurgence of online gaming has seen an upward trend. Screen time for the kids has increased and with it the symptoms and signs of IGD such as:
Always stay online
Record when internet is not available
Inability to control internet usage
Increase in irritability
Loss of interest in other forms of entertainment such as sports, watching television, reading books, etc.
Loss of appetite
While gaming disorder is still on the rise, experts believe a few steps taken by parents can help kids get over it:
Limit Internet Times: In today’s world, it is very difficult to keep your child away from the Internet all the time, which is why parents should limit the times so that the child can do their other tasks as well.
Parental Involvement: No matter how busy they are, parents should take the time to see what their kids are up to. Spend time with the kids, know their daily routine and help them with homework so they feel loved and supported.
Talk to the children: It is very important to keep the dialogue open. Discuss the consequences of online game addiction with the children and also listen to their points of view.
Indulge them with sports and other activities: Encourage children to participate in various activities where they can have fun with friends and family.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness program or changing your diet.