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Does your child play addictive games?

on October 30, 2016

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Pokemon Go is an example of an addictive game that taps into the reward centers of teen’s brains.
Some things to consider about addictive games and young brains:

  • During adolescence is when a person is most susceptible to pleasure-producing behaviors and substances
  • The part of the brain that is responsible for things such as planning and impulse-control (the frontal cortex) grows slowly over the teen years and is not fully developed until our 20s
  • MRI brain scans of people who play video games for about 20 hours a week show patterns similar to scans of people addicted to drugs

If any of the above concerns you, you should register to attend a special screening of SCREENAGERS on November 10, at 7 p.m., at Warwick Valley High School.

View the official movie trailer.

Following the movie, there will be a brief discussion and Q and A, moderated by Beverly Braxton of Family Central and Jerry Sander, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, and Student Assistance Counselor at Minisink Valley High School.

Find out more about Screenagers.

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