The digital world that we live in can be a minefield for families and parents/carers. The way in which children ‘game’ now is completely different to how modern day parents/carers would have experienced. The ‘monetization’ of gaming is at the forefront of research and there are increasing concerns surrounding online gaming and the subsequent links this has with underage gambling.
Disordered gambling is sometimes referred to as the 'silent killer'. Unlike drug or alcohol addictions the signs are sometimes harder to spot and if not dealt with at an early age can have a devastating affect on both the gambler and their families later on in life.
If you think that a youngster in your family may be at risk of developing a gaming addiction then there are a series of measures that you can put in place.
This is by no means an exhaustive list but just some strategies that could ensure a potential situation does not escalate.