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RED FLAGS THAT COULD POINT TO A GAMING ADDICTION

+ Using the screen for more than two hours a day
+ An emotional outburst when screen use is limited or taken away
+ Turning away from activities that once satisfied him or her
+ Preferring a screen to face-to-face interaction

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more helpful information from author Kevin Roberts

People with anxiety disorders, ADHD and depression are more likely to get trapped in the gaming world, and now young children being bullied at school are seeking refuge in virtual realities rather than their own. Roberts recommends talking about the dangers of a gaming addiction with children at a younger age.

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