Game Over? Video Game Addiction in Children

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” SOLDIER OVER RADIO: “Roger that” (EXPLOSION) SOLDIER: “Keep moving” SOLDIER: “Hostile down!” (RAPID GUNSHOTS) (RAPID GUNSHOTS) SOLDIER: “Push forward!” (RAPID GUNSHOTS) (RAPID GUNSHOTS) SOLDIER: “He’s dead!” (RAPID GUNSHOTS) (RAPID GUNSHOTS) SOLDIER: “Hostile! Get down!” (RAPID GUNSHOTS) (RAPID GUNSHOTS) SOLDIER: “Hostile down!” (RAPID GUNSHOTS) (RAPID GUNSHOTS) SOLDIER: “Tossing it back!” What you're about to watch is done a bit differently than any of my other videos I'm setting aside all the bells and whistles, and will speaking to you about a growing problem that either you or someone you love might be facing And that is gaming addiction in children

This is also referred to as several different things, such as internet addiction or electronic screen syndrome But regardless of what term you use, the problem is still the same In this video, I'll be discussing how to know if your child has a gaming addiction, as well as what resources you have While I'll be speaking with experts in this field, I myself am not a medical doctor I have no formal medical education or training

That is something I want to first make clear I am not a doctor Which is why I've brought in experts who are doctors and have decades of experience studying and dealing with this specific issue Being a father myself, I understand it's hard to know exactly what your kids are doing at any given time It can also be frustrating just trying to keep up with the latest technology and trends affecting your kids

But during the next few minutes, I'll provide some insight on what you can do to determine if your child has a gaming addiction and what tools you have at your disposal to combat this in an effective, caring way Depending on your age and where you grew up, you may or may not have been exposed to video games Many people becoming parents today grew up both at a time and place where video games were first taking hold in homes across America, Europe, and parts of Asia Each continent had their own dominant gaming systems, which, in terms of gaming addiction, is irrelevant When everything's said and done, you as the parent, know what is best for your individual child

Not all children respond or behave the same way after exposure to the same elements Just remember to treat gaming as any other issue with your child Just do your best to stay informed Like I mentioned a few moments ago, I am not a medical doctor of any kind, nor am I pretending to be I do have some guests whom I interviewed that are all respectable medical professionals in their field

I’m Doctor Kimberly Young And I’m the founder and Director for the Center of Internet Addiction and Recovery I am Doctor Victoria Dunckley I am an integrated child psychiatrist and I’ve been practicing psychiatry for over 15 years and working on screen time issues for over a decade My name is Howard Scott Warshaw

I am the Silicon Valley Therapist I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in California, where I practice and I specialize in high tech people and the issues that befall them I also work a lot with super intelligents HARDY: In today’s world, it’s nearly impossible for your children to not be exposed to electronics of some kind I think there is a consensus that too much exposure to electronics, in general, is not good for children or anyone

But, just how early is too early to actually expose them to any of these devices? As a child psychiatrist, I really see no reason to introduce them early at all There’s really no justification for it Children learn technology very easily and rapidly as we all have seen So, even if they’re held back from it completely, it’s easy to catch up later It’s not easy to catch up on developmental milestones

You know, I’m one of the more conservative people on this topic, but I just feel like we should withhold technology exposure as long as possible and introduce it at a time when they’re more developmentally ready DR YOUNG: Well, "how young is too young?" is sort of the new question Where before it was "how much is too much time?" and now it’s "how young is too young?" There’s no real cutoffs Those are debatable issues, if you will

I mean, the American Study for Pediatric Medicine, I think, promotes more about under the age of two, there’s no technology use I tend to stay much more conservative, I guess, under the age of three And to the extent that I think children need to develop their motor skills I think they need to also develop other sensory kinds of ways of learning, in terms of what they see and what they feel And what happens is, if you start a child too young, then they don’t want to play with any other toy

They just want the tablet, they just want the device And they get very sophisticated, very quickly with those tools, but on the other hand, then they don’t want to play with Barbie or any other toy that might seem pretty boring now I mean, when we were of a certain generation, those were great toys But now with technology, you have this big competitor because it can do so many cool things So, I say try to wait until at least the age of three for technology to be involved in the child’s life

And even then, be very careful about what kind of technology I mean, there are some wonderful educational toys that are technology based, but really still trying to promote creativity in a child I mean, good old fashioned coloring books and just basic tools to get kids thinking for themselves Encouraging reading at young ages, that’s very important, too Because what happens is if they read everything just off their device, it’s more of a scrolling, scanning activity with soundbites, if you will; brief periods of information or brief bursts of information

Where, reading a book, it’s much more linear, you have to go page by page, line by line And it also requires a certain level of concentration that reading off tablets and devices do not So, I really emphasize trying not to read off tablets until, again, the child is much older I think we have a whole new age of parenting out there because this wasn’t a factor years ago, but now with the upcoming generations, it certainly will be WARSHAW: You know, unfortunately, as with most things in this sort of area, it is very hard to come up with blanket statements that cover everything

One of the problems I think we deal with today, in trying to deal with game addiction or a lot of the issues that we have, is people are looking for silver bullets and solid golden rules that they can follow and they just don’t exist If you really want a generalized rule for "how young is too young?" Ok, too young is before their sense of self is born, before a sense of responsibility is formed, before there is an understanding and a capability of beginning to manage the device Those are the things Now, when that occurs in each individual varies depending on the individual and also depending on the parenting or the environment in which the individual is developing So, "what age is too young to be using an electrical device?" I think the real question is "at what point is a person prepared to not be taken advantage of by the device they’re using?" And I think as we’ve seen in recent history, there’s no age that’s absolutely there, because there’s full grown adults that still can’t manage their devices reasonably

HARDY: When you do start to incorporate electronics to your child, one thing numerous experts advise is to play the game with your child Not only will that give you the opportunity to observe their behavior during gameplay, but it can also serve as quality time together There's even a badge in Cub Scouts now that encourages this The idea is to use that time to bond and teach lessons relevant to the particular game WARSHAW: So, what I tell parents is if you really want to work with your kids and deal with them around games, the first thing you need to do is play the games with your kids

You need to get in there and do it If you forbid it, what they’re going to do is they’re going to play them anyway and you’re just not going to hear about it Here’s a question for you When are people able to differentiate between fantasy and reality? The ability to differentiate is something you learn That’s why little kids stories of fantasy and things like that are so popular with little kids

Right? Because for little kids, it is real You know, kids do believe in Santa Claus Kids do believe in the Easter Bunny For a while And then they come to a point that’s somewhere where they realize, "oh, those things are just fiction, and I get the difference between real life and the fiction, and that’s ok

" And then you can play with the fiction because you know is not reality People who don’t have that difference, it’s a very different experience for them And those people can feel like they’re learning about reality from fantasy creations like movies, like tv and like games HARDY: I know many parents don't have the time or ability to engage with your child while they're gaming If there's a trusted adult who could participate with them, I recommend them doing so

Participating with your child while their gaming will accomplish several things First and foremost, it will allow you to enforce time limits for your child to be gaming It will also allow you to interact with them, and not necessarily about gaming This is a perfect time to ask about new friends, what's going on in school, etc But what constitutes an addiction? In broad terms, it can apply to a number of different behaviors, but typically only becomes a problem when the amount of one’s time spent engaging in it would be considered excessive

To better understand this, let's discuss exactly what addiction is Addiction can describe any behavior or substance that gives the user euphoria and relief when engaging in that behavior or substance The absence of that behavior or substance leads to withdrawal, or unpleasantness, for the user to a degree that negatively affects the other aspects of their life; such as family, work or school Determining whether your child has a gaming addiction is very similar to determining if people have other addictions As a parent, it's important to keep an open mind on the possibility that your child could have a gaming addiction

It's not a failure on either your part or theirs Being an enabler for a child with a gaming addiction is just like being an enabler for anyone else with any other addiction Believing that it's just a phase and that they'll just grow out of it is a lot like saying someone with a gambling addiction will just grow out of it One behavior your child will express if they have a gaming addiction is something called “flow” Flow is something that many addicts exhibit and is a feeling the user experiences that causes them to completely emerge themselves in the game or activity, while also causing them to lose awareness in their surroundings and other things that should be important to them

This behavior can lead to inactivity and social reclusiveness This can also lead to failing grades and lack of motivation With older teenagers, it can hinder them from getting a job or even going to college There’s also physical changes that occur when someone engages in active game play DR

DUNCKLEY: So, basically every time a child picks up a device and start interacting with a screen device, the nervous system or the brain interprets this as a form of stress and goes into fight or flight And it actually does this by a number of different mechanisms One is that the reward pathways are activated, so dopamine gets released in a very intense manner, the reward pathways get activated and eventually get desensitized DR YOUNG: “What’s interesting is there’s becoming a whole new line of research on the neurobiology of internet addiction

And with that said, it’s really only been done with 18 year olds and up I’m not familiar with any study that looks at children specifically So, in that context, though, we see the dopamine has been a very significant factor With elevated dopamine, which is sort of a pleasure neurotransmitter, and it’s consistent with research that’s been done on other addictive behaviors So, we understand that there’s something pleasurable about addiction, whether it’s to drugs, alcohol or the internet and it’s consistent in the body

So, there is some kind of brain change WARSHAW: Dopamine is a chemical in your brain and that’s the chemical that says, "Wow!" "This is great!" "This is fun!" "I’m loving this!" "I’m enjoying this!" It’s a wonderful, wonderful chemical to release in your brain It’s so nice, in fact, that if we get enough of it, or a little too much of it, we can really become addicted Dopamine plays a key part in the field of addiction, because most addicted behavior comes down to the stimulation of the production of dopamine in your brain, which makes you feel good DR

DUNCKLEY: There’s also the very intense sensory stimulation So, there’s bright lights, vivid colors, rapid movement, all that the brain must process, which also raises the arousal levels and fight or flight chemicals Then there’s also the blue light itself, which tells the brain it’s time to stay awake, it’s daytime, time to be on the alert And that actually disrupts the body clock, suppresses melatonin, which is not only important for sleep, but it also is important for controlling inflammation and hormone regulation DR

YOUNG: They also look at increased activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain Again, where things like planning, judgment, impulse control, and the limbic system are housed and that being related to our emotion So, we see that somehow, with overactivity of say, internet technology, those that seem to have real addiction problems, maybe it’s to gaming, then we see increased levels of dopamine, we see increased levels of activity in the prefrontal cortex You also sometimes see, there’s some newer, even genetic studies, finding the same genomic type for things like smoking as an addiction, could be correlated with internet addicts, as well That’s newer and less identified, but I think those are some of the more biological issues going on

WARSHAW: With heroin, it’s an easy thing to see Ok, so how does that happen with a phone? Let’s say, hypothetically, I’m a teenager, I’m an early teenager, and one of my primary goals in life, at this point, one of the major challenges that I face, developmentally, in my life is to fit in I need to become the beginnings of an adult And I start realizing who I am and start cultivating and really defining my identity, and I’m doing it in a social environment I am now becoming more and more aware that there are peers, there are other people around me to form this social network that I’m apart of

And I’m seeking acceptance within that network That’s a very important thing for me right now And here comes the phone The phone proposes a social network, a social app Ok, like a Facebook or a Twitter

And what that does is it tells me that when I put something out into the network, which used to be having a conversation, but now it’s just putting up a post And it’s got a scoring system built in that will tell me how I’m doing And if I put something up and it gets a lot of likes and a lot of recognition and a lot of hearts and stuff, that’s great and I know I’m doing ok And if it doesn’t, huh, well, that can feel like rejection Another thing is suppose I put a message out and no one contacts me, no one calls me, no one responds to me

Well, now I’m socially isolated So, now with phones, anytime, 24 hours a day, I can be engaged in this experiment of finding out if people are liking me or not If they’re responding to me or not And I get to the point, where every time your phone beeps, every time it lets you know something’s happened, when you get a notification, a little bit of dopamine, that gets released in your brain It’s something that goes off and says, “Yes!" "There it is!" "Ahh

" "I feel better" "At least I’m not a social outcast" "I know that someone cares about me’" It can get to that level in someone’s head And if you don’t get the responses, then you’re sitting there waiting for your phone to buzz

Interactive screen time is much more stimulating than passive screen time, like watching tv So, all these things combine and contribute to that fight or flight response, raises arousal levels, and that puts the brain into a state of stress and eventually chronic stress, which ends up affecting the brain’s frontal lobe HARDY: Too much exposure to electronic devices does run the risk of hindering much needed brain development in younger children There is something available called the Screen Smart Guidelines This uses an age guideline of three, six, nine, and twelve year olds, as a way to measure how much screen time a child should be exposed to

While age is obviously important, is the type of electronic device your child uses equally important? The other issue is passive vs interactive screen time So, typically we think of, "at least if they’re interacting, it’s better than just sitting there like a couch potato while they’re watching tv" But actually, because they’re interacting with a device, it’s actually more stimulating and can be more dysregulating So, we know from some of the studies that children are more likely to have sleep issues, mood problems, problem focusing, with interactive screen time, a lot more easily and quickly than passive screen time

WARSHAW: When it becomes interactive, we engage it at a level that’s much deeper and much more involved And when the device can start to motivate us and start to signal us when it’s time to interact, as opposed to us deciding when it’s time to interact, and when the neurotransmitters, when some of the reward systems in our brain start getting hooked into that signal system, that’s when an active device can take us over in a way that a passive device never will While most people would agree that exposing young children to violence causes most of them to mimic that violence in some manner, there is one viewpoint from Dr Dunckley that takes that approach a step further They’re still going to get stimulated from a Sesame Street game

It may happen more quickly with a violent video game, but it’s still the same mechanisms going on behind the scenes So, if a child is playing educational games everyday, they can still easily become dysregulated I see a lot of patients that that’s the only kind of screen time they’re allowed, is educational screen time And they don’t even get that much, but then when you remove it, you can see a big difference in their behavior, in their focus, and emotional regulation HARDY: In many cases, parents and older siblings have an enormous effect on the habits, both good and bad, of younger children

This includes our own electronic habits, as well When your family is at the dinner table, is everyone checking email and status updates on their phones? Or does your family even sit down at the same table for dinner? DR DUNCKLEY: The parents’ screen habits have a huge impact on the child’s screen habits First of all, there’s modelling So, for many things in parenting, however the parent acts, the child is likely to act the same way

So, that’s one major area But, the other thing that parents don’t often think about is that when a parent is using a device and they’re trying to interact with their child, their attention is divided So, the child either feels ignored or they don’t have the parent’s full attention and that can create problems in itself, because the child is constantly getting these little rejections The other thing is the parent isn’t aware of things themselves, they’re not as emotionally attuned with the child when they’re using a lot of screen time They’re not able to follow through on things, such as discipline

They’re not able to look at the child’s behavior, in terms of the child’s screen time When the parent is trying to regulate the child’s screen time, if the parent is on the device a lot, it’s a lot harder for them to monitor the screen time, be consistent, notice when behaviors get better or worse, etc So, it makes a huge impact WARSHAW: Who helps children differentiate between fantasy and reality? Right? Parents Parents are the number one vehicle for helping kids establish

You know, it’s one of the big questions When do you tell your kids the Tooth Fairy isn’t real? When do you tell your kids that certain things are or aren’t really happening? That’s always a big question in parenting But what that question really says is "I’d like to do the best job I can helping my child differentiate between fantasy and reality" But, the one thing that’s for sure in this whole puzzle, is that if I’m in touch with my kids and I have a good relationship with my kids and I can communicate with my kids, I have a much better chance of helping them get there than if I have taught my kids not to communicate with me, to hide from me, to shut down from me And a lot of parents end up taking that approach

That’s not their goal, that’s not how they set it out But, it’s a very predictable result from some of the rules they create If your child has developed a gaming addiction or any addiction of some kind, they'll exhibit some of the following behaviors and characteristics: obsession, compulsiveness, physical or psychological dependence, and frustration or anger while not engaging in the addicted activity If you were to flip through a diagnostic manual, you’d see that pathological gambling, internet use disorder, are highly the same, they’re highly correlated I mean, you see a loss of control

You see a loss of interest in other activities and increased problems because of the behavior I mean, at a core, addiction is addiction I think the issue is how it manifests for each person Now, as far as children, I’m not sure if there’s any specific studies with gambling and children I think there are some studies that have really shown, and my own included, that in particular with online gambling, teenagers are more at risk, because they have easier entry

Versus going to a casino, where they can’t get in, because there’s ID required But, under the age of 18, lots of teenagers can now go online to game and gamble and sort of circumvent because there’s not really a bouncer at the door and I saw a lot of problems with that WARSHAW: Ok, well, what we’re talking about is addiction in general Because there’s nothing really magical about video game addiction Video game addiction is what I would call a behavioral addiction

There’s two basic classes of addiction There’s substance addiction and there’s behavioral addictions Substance addictions are things like crack cocaine or heroin You know, any human being, if you give them enough of these things, they will become addicted Right? And they will have the symptoms of addiction

And the principle symptoms of addiction are what’s called tolerance and withdrawal Which means you can tell you’re addicted when, first of all, each time you try to consume the substance, you need more of it to achieve the same level of satisfaction That’s called tolerance, you’re building a tolerance to it So, it takes more to get the same effect each time And the other symptom is withdrawal

Right? It means you take the substance away, there is a notable negative experience or reaction JARED LETO: “Jesus Christ" "I need a doctor, man” MARLON WAYANS: “I’m going to be sick" "I need some help, please

” JARED LETO: “I can’t take it, man!" "My arm! My *BLEEP* arm!” JARED LETO: “Help me!” MARLON WAYANS: “Help us!" "Somebody *BLEEP* help us, please!” WARSHAW: So, you know about heroin withdrawal and stuff like that Caffeine withdrawal Some people, they forget their morning cup of coffee and they get a headache That’s someone who’s addicted to coffee Their body has adjusted to a point where the presence of the substance is now more normal than the absence of the substance, because your body always signals you when something is out of normal

But you can shift what normal is So, when you’ve shifted yourself, when you’ve gotten to the point where not having the substance triggers a negative reaction in you, well, now you’re addicted Because addiction means that the substance has now become a normal, natural part of your existence Something that wasn’t originally, couldn’t possibly have originally been a normal, natural part of your existence, has become that and you have adapted to it to the point where you are dependent on it and that your body signals you when it’s not there And anxiety and stress are two of the real major signals with it

So, let me go back Substance addiction is the thing where any human being exposed to this substance will get addicted Right? And that’s usually chemical Now behavioral addictions, you know, we hear about gambling addicts, sex addicts, love addicts, and game addicts You can always spot a behavioral addiction because not everybody who uses the substance gets addicted

Right? That’s what makes it a behavioral addiction Now, a substance addiction is really about the substance That’s what a substance addiction is Behavioral addictions are more about the person And some people are more susceptible to it than others

HARDY: The presence of chronic stress causes the body to direct blood flow from the frontal lobe of the brain, where the more complex higher thinking occurs, and towards the areas of the brain geared for primitive survival This lack of blood flow in the frontal lobe can cause impairment and lack of judgment And that is what it does to fully developed brains in adults Imagine what those same actions do for the developing brains of children and teenagers Even the nervous systems of children are still developing

The chronic stress gaming addiction causes on a child's brain causes it to overload, or short circuit, the brain This is why a child suffering from gaming addiction has trouble paying attention, following directions, and managing their emotions Doctor Dunckley says, So what actually happens to someone's brain when they're engaged with an electronic device? Essentially the brain responds like this The electronic device sends a signal that stimulates the brain Now, stimulating the brain, in general, is a good thing

Isolation can be extremely unhealthy for the mind, but like many other things, too much stimulation can be just as harmful as too little You ever hear about people who die from drinking too much water? Same difference The stimulation provided by electronic devices causes the brain to get into fight or flight mode, due to the stress the device is causing And the participant may not even be aware of the stress, especially since most adults have learned how to handle stress What stress does to your body is it constricts your blood vessels, raising your blood pressure and releasing chemicals into your body, such as adrenaline

Constantly exposing yourself to these chemicals in this environment can have long term health problems, such as heart attack and stroke Exposing this stress to young children can have not only those same health problems, but can also hinder their body’s and mind’s development, as well Understanding why someone gets addicted to anything is common across the board The activity puts them in control, gives them a sense of belonging and purpose, and provides challenges and goals for them to accomplish Those are just some of the reasons why they develop addictions

In a moment, I'll discuss some things you can do, but it's also equally important to not do certain things, as well And this can apply not only to gaming addiction, but any addiction; especially activity addictions, such as gambling and shopping Things you'll want to avoid doing are labeling your child negatively You want to avoid creating any more barriers between you and your child as you can On that same note, you’ll also want to avoid comparing them with either their peers or siblings

An addicted mind, especially a not-fully developed teenage or preteen brain, doesn't always process that type of criticism into a motivating trait, like it can with an adult brain Avoid blaming the addicted activity on others who engage in it with them, like their friends Like our parents’ generation, we, as parents, run the risk of our children knowing and understanding the latest technology better than we do Regardless of how familiar you are or aren't with modern electronics, you don't have to be Steve Wozniak to utilize basic parental controls and time limits on tablets and consoles If you have a teenager and feel like they are using the internet to engage in illegal or dangerous activities, I highly recommend parental monitoring software

This is essentially software you install that records keystrokes and the more high end editions can even take screenshots; all without the user even knowing This software keeps records of their online and computer activity, even if they try to outsmart you by deleting their internet history One thing to also be on the lookout for, mainly with older teenagers, but don’t rule out younger children, is the use of an onion router If you’ve never heard of onion routing, or TOR, as it is also referred to, it is essentially the ability to browse the internet anonymously One thing to realize is downloading TOR or using it is not illegal in the United States or most countries

It is, however, potentially dangerous due to the ability for other users to communicate with your child anonymously TOR is like a gun In general, is not necessarily a bad thing and a lot of good can come of it However, it also gives people the opportunity to conduct illegal activities, such as buying drugs, selling sex slaves, hiring professional killers, stuff of that nature You’re probably asking, "if it’s that dangerous, shouldn’t TOR be illegal?" Not really

In fact, the very concept and practice of onion routing is actually essential and necessary for many people around the world This is a tool that allows people in oppressed countries, such as Iran and China, to communicate with the rest of the world These countries and other oppressive ones typically block many web sites and domains in an attempt to control their population The majority of TOR users don’t use it for illegal practices But that’s getting off my original topic

My point is TOR, when used properly by adults, is perfectly fine However, I would steer clear of allowing any child to use it for any reason Not necessarily because of what they will do, but what others could do to them The dark web is not somewhere you want your child exploring in any scenario Like with other substances or behaviors that can also be addictive, such as alcohol and gambling, not every single person who engages in these behaviors will develop an addiction for them

But many will And it's equally important to remember that children don't have the maturity or brain development to recognize these addictions, let alone combat them Even grown adults who suffer from addictions don't always have the ability to combat them alone For the first time, Millennials are being parents This is the generation where most of them grew up not knowing a world without the internet

No doubt many will dismiss the concerns covered here as being blown out of proportion Many Millennials probably think, “I grew up with video games and I turned out fine” You know, I think Millennials just adapted the technology much better I think the new Generation Z, I guess they’re even more savvy with the technology So again, it’s not to make it a harmful thing, but if parents are actually coming to me with a problem with their child, what we usually do is sort of a family assessment

I write about family therapy and everybody’s really sort of in it, it’s not the identified patient being the child It’s sort of like an eating disorder I mean, in and of itself, food isn’t bad But making healthier and unhealthy choices about food, are you going to have that big bag of potato chips or are you going to have some fruits and vegetables today? It’s like that with technology It’s really not to blame the technology, but to put it into some context

What are the healthier ways of using it in your home and for your child? And that is usually a better way of approaching it It’s very much like going on a digital diet where I talk often about digital nutrition and making healthier choices because when you look at it, it’s the same thing as food You’re not going to abstain from food as part of a treatment, like you would with drugs or alcohol So, the outcomes have to be different It’s about balance and healthy use and trying to find measures for that and sometimes that’s very unique per family

DR DUNCKLEY: So, green time is basically exposure to the outdoors, nature, greenery in particular So, what happens with the nervous system when the eye sees greenery is that it grabs our attention, but it lowers the stress response So, with screens, it grabs our attention, but it raises our stress response and with greenery, it grabs our attention, but lowers our stress response So, actually it restores attention

And we know from studies that children who are exposed to more green spaces actually start getting better grades, they’re less likely to get in trouble Even in the inner cities, children who have moved to an area that has more trees around their building, for example, they’re less likely to have delinquency issues and their grades go up Even pictures of greenery can help So, you know, these days children aren’t going outside nearly as much as they used to That’s compounding the problem

There’s a reason that the most tech-cautious parents are tech designers and engineers Steve Jobs was a notoriously low-tech parent Silicon Valley tech executives and engineers enroll their kids in no-tech Waldorf Schools Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page went to no-tech Montessori Schools, as did Amazon creator Jeff Bezos and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales Technology is something that has done many great things and will continue to improve our lives, but we mustn’t let it also destroy them

If you do think your child does have a gaming addiction, please check out the links provided on the screen to learn more I hope this film has proven useful for you Just remember that nobody ever said on their deathbed, I wish I had spent more time on the computer


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