January 2012

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  • Video Game Addiction: I'd Rather Inventory¬©

     I just wrote responded to a parent concerned about video game addiction. Use this inventory in conjunction with the  Video Game Addiction Symptom Checklist to see if your child might need help.

    Check each statement you agree with.

    ____I’d rather play video games than be with my friends.... 

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  • Video Game Addiction

    I believe my 14-year-old son is addicted to video games. The cons far out weigh the pros. He throws tantrums, is verbally abusive, at times destroys property, is socially isolated, has weight gain, and is quitting other activities. Is it possible that he for whatever reason cannot handle any playing time? I am ready to take it out of our home. Setting limits seems to just lead... 

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  • Video Game Addiction: Symptom Checklist

    Are you worried about your child's video game habits? Take a look at this video game addiction symptoms checklist I created to see if you have cause for alarm. While this is not a diagnostic tool, it can help you assess whether or not games are an unhealthy part of your child's life and if you might need the help of a professional.

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  • Violence in Classroom Videos

    My daughter is in kindergarten at a Catholic school. Before Christmas her class viewed an animated video called Nicholas, the Boy Who Became Santa. My daughter was very disturbed by what she saw. The video has many violent scenes showing the Roman persecution of the Christians. It is done in a very "Disney" like way with lots of evil laughs and smiles, and also direct violence... 

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