Parents and teachers in Rajasthan have been advised not to allow children to become addicted to online games in order to avoid what is called “gambling disorder”.
In the age of technology, online games are very popular among children. The closure of schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic has increased mobile and internet use among children, which has also led to a rapid increase in the trend of online games among children. These online games are easily accessible to children and are played on devices such as computers, tablets and cellphones, according to a statement from the education department.
These games are designed in such a way that they excite the player to the point of further playing passion. This is the reason why players become addicted to it and end up suffering from gambling disorders which negatively affect the educational and social life of the child, the statement said.
In order to prevent the increasingly negative effects of online games among children and to educate parents and teachers in this regard, a notice has been published by the Rajasthan School Education Council in which effective ways to overcome the adverse effects online games have been shared. .
The advisory contains dos and don’ts for parents and teachers to protect their children from online gaming addiction.
“Parents and teachers are advised to monitor whether the child is behaving abnormally and whether they are mainly involved in online activities. They should also be careful of a sudden increase in the time spent online, especially on social networks or if they turn on the screen or window or become aggressive after using the Internet, ”the advisory said.
Childhood specialist Dr Ashok Gupta said that the number of screen views is increasing in children, which has led to physical and mental illnesses such as obesity, depression, anxiety, insomnia, sleep and stress disorders. “We need to proactively step in, control them and move them from connecting online to real time. Children must be involved in sport, ”he said.
Rajasthan Teachers Association (Shekhawat) spokesperson Prakash Mishra said children have loved cellphones and screens for a long time nowadays which affects not only their eyes but also their attention and brain development, resulting in irritation and an aggressive nature. Due to the pandemic, they turned to mobiles. At school, they play together, study and eat together, which reinforces their social behavior, ”he added.
A mother of a 9-year-old boy, Poonam Dhaiya, said: “Due to the pandemic, children who spent more time in playgrounds now spend most of their time using cell phones or computers. portable. They’re only supposed to attend online classes, but chances are they’ll engage in other activities like gambling, instead of completely focusing on class. Parents cannot supervise their children all the time and this creates an opportunity for the children to engage in other activities without any supervision from the elders, ”she said.
Keep an eye out for declining grades and the child’s social behavior and notify school officials. Establish an Internet gateway at home that will help with effective monitoring, logging and use of content by the child, according to the advisory. Make sure the child is using a computer that is placed in the family space.
The advisory asks parents to use anti-virus and firewall programs and configure the browser to be safe. “Take a screenshot (by tapping the print screen on the keyboard) if something is wrong during online play and have the children use a pseudonym instead of the real name. Inform if a stranger engages in inappropriate discussions or requests personal information ”.
Guidelines suggest instructing children not to use webcams, personal messaging, or online chats with strangers, as this increases the risk of threats and misconduct from other players.