A Parent's Guide to Healthy Gaming Habits

Overcome Problematic Gaming By Focussing on Real Life

Are Video Games Getting in the Way of Real Life?

You aren’t alone in your concerns. The World Health Organization estimates 4-8 million people suffer from video game addiction. We have worked with dozens of gamers to rebuild their lives and reshape their gaming habits.

  • Are you worried that gaming could be ruining your child’s future?
  • Are you concerned about what games are doing to your child’s brain?

If you're worried about any of the above, as a parent, we encourage you to trust your instincts. Some symptoms of unhealthy gaming are:

  • Failing grades
  • Social isolation
  • Increased irritability
  • General disinterest in the world around them.

It can take 3-5 years for a recovering gaming addict to bring their life back on track because they missed the boat on medical school applications or internships. Meanwhile, they grew more isolated from their family and friends. The gamers I've worked with realize they have a problem the moment they find themselves on academic probation, barred from graduating from college, and/or with no social support. You can help prevent this from happening to your child.

Quitting games is NOT the answer.

Your Instructor

Dr. Alok Kanojia
Dr. Alok Kanojia

Dr. Alok Kanojia

Hi! Many people know me as Dr. Kanojia, but what they don't know is that I nearly got kicked out of college because of my gaming habits. I am now faculty at Harvard Medical School where I combine addiction psychiatry with gamer psychology to treat video gaming addiction. After working with hundreds of gamers, I co-founded HealthyGamer.gg as a way to help people to regain control of their lives more quickly and affordably than with traditional psychiatric care. I designed these courses for parents with the goal of helping them become partners in their child's recovery from video game addiction.

Help your child create healthy gaming habits while regaining control of real life.

This program is designed for you and your child to regain control

Through this course, we help parents understand their child and empower them to establish healthy gaming habits.

If you want to be a constructive partner in your child's future and success, then it is crucial to understand the psychology of gaming and a bit about addiction psychiatry. My goal in this course is to break the parent vs. child + video game cycle, and, instead, put you and your child on the same team. If you are simply wanting to control your child, this is not for you.

This step-by-step course will empower you to:

  • Build an alliance with your child, so the two of you work on the same team to overcome video gaming
  • Understand how video games take advantage of your child’s psychology and brain
  • Set firm limits, helping your child move towards real goals instead of virtual ones
  • Create healthy alternatives to gaming that give your child a sense of community, intellectual engagement, and accomplishment

Included with this course are:

  • Biweekly office hours with Dr. Kanojia to talk in small group settings about your specific circumstances
  • An online parents-only support group
  • A 40-page workbook filled with exercises to help you track progress, take specific actions and have crucial conversations with your child

Why I Focus On Video Game Addiction

I want to save you time and money. I want to put you and your child on the same team. I want you to know that you have support.

Class Curriculum

  Welcome, Parents!
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  Congrats! Time for a Break!
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  Practical: Model Behavior
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  Practical: Create Alternative Outlets
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Why it feels like an uphill battle

  1. The American Psychiatric Association is studying video game addiction just now. This means there's no billing code for insurance companies, which means that doctors who rely on insurance reimbursement have no incentive to understand the treatment for video game addiction. We are working to change this.
  2. The gaming industry is bigger than the music and movie industry combined. There are thousands of people whose job is to make games more immersive and engaging than ever before. As a result, this fosters an addictive quality to each new generation of video games.
  3. 98% of all youth play video games. That's basically everyone. If all the kids are playing it, how can one parent change the culture?

My Answer

  1. Take control. Dr. Kanojia trained with the best in academic psychiatry, the absolute most brilliant psychiatrists. Psychiatric therapy or family counseling, while useful, will take too much time and cost too much money. We want to support your child's success, and to us this means not compromising your child's junior year and college savings.
  2. Understand your child's brain just as well as game developers do. We will spend about 2 hours explaining how games affect brain neurochemistry, identity formation, and social dynamics.
  3. Understand your power as a parent. You are more than an authority. You are your child’s role model, confidant and source of undying support. These roles have incredible power and can be channeled productively in reshaping your child's relationship with gaming.

As one gamer put it:

"As someone who was most definitely suffering from addiction to certain games many years ago before it was really recognized, for me it was like this:

Have a very important, stressful thing I need to do > ignore it and play game because it's an escape/stress relief > associate game with happy fun times > life deteriorates because I'm not doing anything but playing game > escape from this fact by playing more of game.

The difference was that my life didn't suck and therefore I played a lot of games, my life was actively getting worse because I was ignoring responsibilities and not taking any steps to fix things in life... because I was gaming instead. I was picking it up to ignore life, to get those dopamine hits, and to make myself feel better, but all it was doing was making things worse. Much the same way an addict will reach for a needle because things are hard or stressful, I would do that for games. And, just like a drug addict discovers when the high goes away, when I logged off, shit hadn't magically gotten better. So then I had a choice... either do the hard thing and work to fix it or pretend it wasn't there and play games all day and night instead.

Took me a while to kick, had to give up a few games to do it and really focus on education/work for a couple of years. But now I'm back to being a gamer, just one who puts life and work before games."

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is a step-by-step course that will take 6-8 weeks, depending on the pace you and your child want to move at. It is completely at your discretion when to start and how quickly you want to move.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We thrive on feedback. We would want to know exactly where the course has failed you. If office hours with Dr. Kanojia or one-on-one work doesn't help, we are happy to give you your money back.

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