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"Aww, just one more game?" It's a familiar refrain from young gamers everywhere - but what are the possible risks when their digital activities start to assume a disproportionate influence over their daily lives? Our bite-size video tells you what you need to know about gaming disorder.
What is a gaming disorder?
In 2018, the World Health Organisation included gaming disorders in its International Classification of Diseases.
Those with the disorder are categorised as having impaired control over gaming, prioritise gaming over other activities, and continue to game despite the occurrence of negative consequences.
A gaming disorder can affect people of any age and children are at risk of developing symptoms if left unchecked.
To be considered an Internet Gaming Disease (IGD) the symptoms must be consistently prevalent for a period of at least 12 months, although this can be for less time if severe.
For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.