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Video game obsession isn’t really about the video games. It’s about unmet psychological needs.

Are video games like Fortnite harmful to kids? Parents need to understand why kids play and when to worry and when to relax. Many parents are concerned with their child’s seemingly obsessive video game play. Fortnite, the most recent gaming phenomenon, has taken the world by storm and has parents asking whether the shooter game is okay for kids.The short answer is yes, Fortnite is generally fine. Furthermore, parents can breathe easier knowing that research suggests gaming (on its own) does not cause disorders like addiction.However, there’s more to the story. A comprehensive answer to the question of whether video games are harmful must take into account other factors. Fortnite is just th

'They can’t help it': Australians struggle with technology 'addiction'

A growing number of Australians are checking their screens from the moment they wake and every 12 minutes throughout the day – and they’re not happy about it. The Korn Group’s Switching Off survey found Australians readily admit to over-dependence on technology and are concerned about the incursion of screens into their daily lives. “Checking their screen is the first thing they do in the morning and the last thing they do at night,” the survey said. “They can’t help it. Their device is always with them.” The survey found that Australians were uncomfortable about their use of technology, which they “rationalised as necessary but [had] little control over own use”. Joshua Rosenthal, the senio

Trolls and cyberbullies will cop AVO first then arrest if they fail to stop

NEW laws prompted by the tragic death of teenager Dolly Everett will put ­cyberbullies in jail for up to five years. State government amendments to be unveiled today mean abusive online trolls and those who send threatening texts or emails would be slapped with Apprehended Violence Orders. Those who fail to curb their abusive behaviour will face arrest and imprisonment. The changes will alter the definition of “stalking” and “intimidation” to include online activities designed to instil fear of physical or mental harm, making it easier for perpetrators to be prosecuted. The amendments to the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act are in response to the death of 14-year-old Northern Te

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