While kids are getting hooked on online games, parents and schools are having a tough time dealing with these behavioral patterns. Also, the rising cases of teens resorting to violent behavior due to online gaming addiction has forced the State government to take notice of the issue. The primary and secondary education minister says that he has contacted the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) experts so they can work in tandem and find a solution. 

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It’s not just a young person who benefits from taking part in Scouting; parents and careers can also reap the rewards. In an independent survey of over 2,000 parents of Scouts, nine out of ten parents said Scouting is worthwhile and nine in ten said their children find Scouting enjoyable. As your child progresses through Scouts you should be able to see signs of the impact their Scouting discipline has on them.

Parents tell us Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility and a broader set of friends. Scouting can help develop your child’s social skills and encourage self-sufficiency, and gives them access to activities and opportunities that may have been otherwise unavailable to them. A huge number of parents agreed that since their child joined Scouting family life was easier and they were ‘nicer children to live with’. After Joining Scouts kids started playing with staves, ropes, going on adventure and camps instead of Mobile Phones. 

Reportedly, in the last three months, about 90 cases of children addicted to online games have been reported at the Services for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic at NIMHANS.

Incident 1: It might be recalled that only recently a 25-year-old man from Kakathi Village from Belagavi district, killed his father with a chopping knife after he refused to give money to charge his internet pack, so that he could continue playing PUBG.

Incident 2: In yet another tragic case, a 13-year-old boy committed suicide by hanging, after his mother took away his mobile phone while he was playing the popular shooting game PUBG at his house in Ittamadu, Banashankari 2nd stage Bengaluru.

Incident 3: In Vishakapatnam, a 15-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide after his parents scolded him for playing mobile games and spending too much time on the mobile phone on September 11. Speaking about this, S Suresh Kumar, minister for primary and secondary education said, “I am coming across these tragic stories almost every other day. I have had a word with the institute of NIMHANS and have spoken to the director to take up some kind of work to address this issue. Recently the NIMHANS and the health department along with education department had come up with a report, with respect to safety and security of children in schools and around its premises.”

Incident 4:  D Shashi Kumar, principal of Blossoms School and general secretary of KAMS recalls a scary incident. “One of our class 10 students who used to be so bright and always acted mature for his age has now become extremely violent. He was an above distinction student and now seems to have lost interest in studies,” he said. “We learned that he has been playing online games and seems to have become addicted to a certain game which involves violent acts. He has also threatened to kill his parents. This is a scary trajectory,” he said.

    The minister said that similarly another report will be done in regards to digital addiction in kids. Kumar also said that the institute and the government will work together to come up with a comprehensive plan to combat this issue.

    Shashi Kumar added, “We are currently working on a plan to tackle this. The government is responsible for banning or filtering content on the online portal.”

    School management associations have said that they will be pressurizing the government to bring in certain practices which can curb this issue.