I have encountered many instances of Internet Gaming Disorder during my career as a teacher. Mostly in boys and very rarely, but not never, in girls.
My best tips:
- Explicitly teach behaviours that you wish to see: no screens at the table, asking permission from others in a conversation if you want to demonstrate something on a screen.
- WiFi routers should be kept in the parents' room so they can be switched off at night.
- Control cellular data of students' phones remotely.
- Have computers in public areas of the home.
- Have screen-free time in the evenings.
Many parents I work with don't allow games at all during the week. Once students are used to it this is not a problem to enforce at all.
Of course, these strategies can be wound back as your child becomes a more responsible digital citizen.
Increased use of devices also increases the possibility of cyber bullying if users are not equipped with the necessary skills.
And remember, holidays are for getting out and about and interacting with others. So why not explore this wonderful world of ours!
People will always hear me talking about Finland. So to give you a break, here are some Finns talking about Finland!