Worried about your child’s gaming? That is not always necessary!


Suppose your child plays games for half the day. Especially in corona time, due to lack of other entertainment. Is that bad? A new book for parents now answers that question and many others around gaming.

“The book was made to help parents maintain and strengthen the relationship with your child,” says Koen Schobbers Heart of the Netherlands. He is one of the writers of My gaming child. He worked on the book together with psychologist Deirdre Enthoven, who is also the mother of gaming adolescents.

‘Dive in and talk’

It’s about the positive as well as the negative sides of gaming, Schobbers explains. And that is necessary, he says, because according to him there is a lot of misunderstanding between parents and children when it comes to gaming. The writer is an expert by experience: as a teenager he was also a fanatic gamer himself and later caused a furore as an e-athlete.

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“The reason for this book is the problems I experienced with my mother,” he says. “When I was fifteen my mother and I grew apart, she had little interest and I didn’t feel like explaining it.” His advice to parents is therefore: google your child’s favorite influencer and talk about it.

Worried phone calls

During the lockdown, the Trimbos Institute received several concerned phone calls from parents about their gaming children. Young people did not go to school, parents worked at home, which made gaming behavior more visible.

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It is not yet clear whether children have actually started playing a lot more due to the corona crisis, according to Leonie Kamps of the Trimbos. “No research has been done yet, but there are signs,” she says. For example, much more money was spent at game companies. The times also changed. “There was more gaming during the day.”

‘Disk of five’

The new book by Schobbers and Enthoven should therefore give parents handles. Only a very small part of gamers become addicted, for the majority of gamers it is just a fun hobby, the writer emphasizes.

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He designed a model to determine whether a young person is going in the wrong direction. “It is a disk of five: screen, sports, sleep, school and social.” As soon as the ‘screen’ has a negative impact on, for example, school or a child sleeps poorly, there is a problem, according to Schrobbers. “The five S’s must be in balance.”

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