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Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest

The Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest brings together addiction and mental health service providers, researchers and subject matter experts in the fields of gambling, technology/Internet use and video gaming to collaborate and share knowledge on emerging trends and clinical best practices.

Opinion | I Make Video Games. I Won’t Let My Daughters Play Them. - The New York Times (

I am not sure if this article has been posted yet. I think the message is that games are designed so well to keep players coming back for more - they form a habit. The author is a game designer and stated that he will not allow his 3 and 4 year old daughter to play games (and to play some of the games he designed). He felt guilty about contributing to people's gaming addictions so he decided to transfer his designing skills into designing children's educational games. He sees the positive impact that this has had in the lives of children.

3 points that he mentioned for parents are:

-Parents need to be gatekeepers and monitor what their kids are playing and why they're returning to play.

-Be aware of HOW MUCH times kids are playing their games.

-Treat digital wellness like physical wellness. Games can be played in moderation and balanced with exercising, sleeping well, and good nutrition.

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