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#6415043 Jul 19, 2012 at 11:43 AM
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I do not mean to be a "downer" for this class, but what is the feeling about the gaming addition problem? Just recently, there was a big article in Newsweek and now I see new ones on the Internet.

Does it mean the following or more than that?: "If there is something to be addicted to, there is someone to be addicted to it". Mary

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Mary Meeker O'Brien
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#6417856 Jul 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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everything seems to be an addiction these days, so I don't pay too much attention to the word itself. For me it's all about balance (and as the ancient Greeks said: Pan Metron Ariston, or "everything in moderation"). People can get sucked into any activity (games, internet, work, watching tv, and the list goes on). I think we need to train ourselves and our kids to be able to snap out of whatever we are doing when appropriate. Just like sitting and reading books all day isn't healthy, sitting and playing games all day is not healthy :)
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#6421683 Jul 20, 2012 at 06:35 PM
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Yes, there are endless things to be addicted to. I believe it is the parents job to instill in their children a sense of discipline. Whether it be gaming or drinking.
Mary Meeker O'Brien
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#6428726 Jul 22, 2012 at 05:03 PM
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I was about to add a thread on this very same matter. When I started my year 9/10 ICT elective class on games based learning, the first question one of my 16 year old girls asked when I asked them to try a game out for me, was "Is it addictive?". I was a little taken aback with this comment from a student as I had expected it to come from a teacher or administrator and asked her why she asked that. She replied "that once she starts a game, she often cannot stop playing it and will do so for hours on end, until she feels she has done well at it".
What should I have said? Have you had similar questions posed by students?
We do have one boy in our school who is seriously addicted to simple gaming and has had to seek professional help. I must say that this is one real concern that I have.
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#6428738 Jul 22, 2012 at 05:05 PM
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Is it possible to change additions to addictions, please? I was about to add a thread on this when fortunately, this heading caught my eye and on reading the replies realised it was the very same topic that I was interested in discussing. Others may miss it and I know that this is an important issue for many. Thanks
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#6429013 Jul 22, 2012 at 06:17 PM
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It's been switched it to addictions, but will not be making any editing changes in the MOOC unless it comes as a request.
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