While video games are a fun activity for many kids, there’s a difference between a casual hobby and an unhealthy obsession. For parents who may have concerns about their child’s gaming habits, McGill’s Faculty of Education is partnering with Ometz to host a presentation about video game addiction called How Gaming and Social Media Are Designed to Keep Your Teenagers Hooked.
Cam Adair (pictured right) is an international speaker, one of Canada’s top 150 leaders in mental health and a leading expert on video game addiction. He will share the story of his addiction during high school and his recovery.
He will provide tools to assess if a child is at risk, as well as resources and tips for recovery. The presentation will also cover topics relating to the gaming industry and how games are designed to hook players not only into playing, but also spending money.
Parents will learn practical strategies and communication skills, and will also have the chance to ask questions. The free talk will be held Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Shaare Zion, 5575 Cote Saint Luc Rd. The presentation will last approximately an hour, with a Q&A afterwards.
Space is limited and registration is required. tinyurl.com/CamAdair