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  1 month ago

Compulsive gambling a sequel of gaming? | #TolunaNews

For a long time and to our dismay, video games have served as a major distraction to our children. Like with most activities, parents must be aware of what their children are up to and who they’re spending time with. And while it’s true that in recent years some youngsters have become millionaires by playing video games in competitions, the downsides are still ever-present.

Video games have evolved much since the first appearance of the Atari, games which were created and launched in the late 70's by a French company. Its first game was Pong, which you may have seen probably videos where there was a space bar going up and down and a ball crossing the screen really slowly. Back in those days, it was a great game but nowadays, video gaming is so different. There’s online gaming and also, to keep on going there’s the option of purchasing extra packs and features.

Without a doubt, these purchases are usually linked to a parent’s credit card. As expected, this spending behavior can lead to gambling in other online games, as in the case of many young boys. Estimates say that around 55,000 kids between 11 and 16 years old suffer from gambling addiction in the UK. Reaching a point where the UK’s National Health Service stepped up and opened a clinic to help these young people with their gambling problems, along with their families.

A parent whose child struggles with gambling, suggests that parents keep a close eye on what their kids are up to, to understand the environment they’re in, so they can protect them. Another suggestion is to refrain from linking their credit cards to any online game and whenever they start to see a problematic pattern, seek help as soon as possible. It’s important to focus on supporting your children and there are always other people who are dealing with the same issue and together they can find support and a solution.

What do you think of video games’ evolution?

Do you dedicate certain hours for video gaming?

Do you know what the video games are about that your children are playing?

Let us know in the comments!

Influence your world,

Toluna Team


  1 month ago
I don't game, but my grandkids and kids do.


  1 month ago
My son is 6 and my daughter is 3. They're not allowed to play with video games or to touch mine or my husband's phone. They can talk to family members on the phone but with it on speaker and they're hands off of it. My kids play with toys and play outside.


  1 month ago
I see a growing trend with high amounts of in-app purchases, considered to be micro transactions, a dollar here, a dollar there, it all adds up, like children at the coin slot machine. Getting youth involved in making transactions so simply and easily. If could make it more secure or another set of processes that must be checked before the payment actually goes through. The freedom of selection gives way to many options available for the younger crowd, regardless if it is appropriate or not. Most of the time, the parents are not going to be watching every second about what there children are doing, and even who they may be talking too. I think these small in-app purchases are paving a future for a more gambling all the time scenario regardless of what game you are playing. What child with a smartphone and/or tablet does not play video games? What are the odds that whatever game they are playing, they have the ability to make small charges on a credit card for in game additions, gold, items, etc. etc.


  1 month ago
I don't play video games.


  1 month ago
I don’t play video games


  1 month ago
I don't play video games they freak me out.


  1 month ago
I don't play video games and I try to keep the grans occupied with other things. I will not let my family be a slave to technology. There are so many more important things to do.


  1 month ago
Thats Why I noted one your other question "should schools OPT OUT OF HOMEWORK" NO! if you dnt want them addicted to Electronics, make them sit and di thier school work to Better them not isolate.


  1 month ago
I try so hard to stay current with the computer social media and video games It worries me that the grandchildren who are my responsibility always seem to be one or more!! steps ahead of me with technology All I can do is inform them and trust their actions


  1 month ago
My kids are grown my daughter did not play video when she was growing up. I think that a lot of people use video games as a baby sitter and to keep them from making noise.
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