As a parent or caregiver spend some time getting to know the gaming world.
Take some time to talk positively with your young person to help you understand the gaming experience. You might like to ask:
- the reasons why they like the game
- what they get from the experience
- what they find difficult about playing the game
- what they do when the game doesn’t go well.
You can also take the time to learn about the rules and structure of the game.
Understanding these things will help you to identify any concerns and will help you to have supportive conversations. Download the Understanding Gaming factsheet here, available also in Te Reo Māori, to find out more.
If you are concerned, talk about it.
If you are concerned about your young person’s gaming, it’s important to talk to them. Your support can make all the difference. Remember to take a non-judgmental approach, stay calm and listen more than talk.
Grow Mental Wealth
Growing our Mental Wealth is growing our understanding of mental health and wellbeing. It’s about learning how to take better care of ourselves and others.
When you look after yourself you are more patient and you can share wellbeing tips with your young person.