Serious side to gaming in spotlight

Members of the community are being invited to attend workshops to learn about problem gaming.

Lifeline SE SA Limestone Coast Gambling Help Services is helping to bring to the “Unplugged” workshops to the region. The workshops have been designed to help young people aged 12 upwards and parents learn how problematic gaming can lead to gambling behaviours and to develop practical strategies to support healthier gaming and internet use.

The valuable workshops cover how to create balance, develop alternative interests, and set healthy boundaries in relation to gaming. They also address how to identify signs of problematic gaming and gambling and its impacts and look at game development and the implementation of gambling features such as micro-transactions, loot boxes, in-app purchases.

UCWB UnitingCare Wesley Bowden Social Worker Kate Evans will also give practical tips and proven strategies to combat problem gaming and gambling behaviours, as well as looking at how to manage associated problems like school attendance, sleep issues and difficulty concentrating.

Ms Evans will present the workshops within high schools, as well as twilight sessions at Lifeline House. The public events will be held on June 28 and 29 from 6.30-8pm at 5 Mark Street, Mount Gambier.

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