Gaming addictions can lead to serious mental health problems such as loneliness and depression, so the moment your child shows signs that their video games are more important than their life, they need saving. You have to step in. If you are a parent, you should monitor your child and while we feel you should allow for electronic games in your home, be sure to closely monitor their usage. You should also check the content of a game before you allow your child to buy it as there are age restrictions for a reason. It’s important that you don’t let your children turn down opportunities to play outdoors with friends, or go to sleepovers or parties. If they say they’d rather play a video game, be frank with them, and tell them to “get a life”. This addiction really needs to be stamped out from society, and it’s easily done if you watch your child’s behaviour closely.