As quoted in her article, Dr. Edward Spector said,
You have a wide array of some people who are just having a little bit of difficulty and their grades have suffered a little bit, and then I have people … just everything has stopped in their lives,
There are many resources out there for people to get help she continues. She tells a story of a boy who would play video games for more than 16 hours a day, and he isn’t alone.
Dr. Edward Spector is one of just a handful of clinical psychologists in the country who specializes in the treatment of compulsive use of technology. He said,
On average, he sees 30 patients a week at his Rockville, Maryland office. They are usually all male and some are as young as middle school students.
Video gaming is being done by children. So at what point do we expect a child to have control of themselves around technology? Every parent has to be very much involved in teaching the healthy use of technology, in teaching limit setting and self-regulation.
The new classification leaves a lot more questions than answers, but it does provide people who really need help a chance to get it.
FORTNITE FEVER: WHY PARENTS SHOULD PLAY GAMES WITH THEIR KIDS
Description: Teens are obsessing over newly mobile game Fortnite – a wildly popular game that pits you or your team against other players to be the last one standing. It’s giving teachers a headache over lost productivity and classroom time and some schools have had to ban the game from their WiFi networks.
Child psychologist Ed Spector says the real draw of the game is not the pretty graphics or the intense game play but teaming up with your friends. Soledad O’Brien sits down with Dr. Spector to discuss how technology has created a new age hangout spot and how parents can help manage their child’s relationship with technology.