How to Control Mobile Game Addiction? Effective way is Kid-Friendly Escape Room Games
Are your kids addicted to mobile games? Effective ways on how to prevent kids from being addicted to mobile gaming. Escape game for kids is appropriate, fun, and a great way to exercise their problem solving and social skills.
This winter I went to visit my cousin in LA for Christmas. He has one kid, and I was super excited to meet my nephew. The last time I saw him, he was a newly born cutie. It has been 11 years since.
I wanted to carry a gift for him from New York but it was so tough to decide on what the kids that age enjoy. I decided to meet him, get to know his interests and get him something from there.
To my great surprise, he loved only one thing: His Phone. Oh God! How immersed was he in his gadget? Day in and day out that thing kept buzzing with notifications. His parents were upset and had absolutely no say over it.
This got me thinking about how this generation is out of order. I mean where are all the football matches in the park next door, picnics, bowling matches, etc. Does this generation not do the usual stuff?
It seemed like he did not have many friends either as he hardly went out. This was absolutely shocking for me.
Kids nowadays are weirdly ambiverts. Introverts in real life, but extroverts on their gadgets. Virtual interaction comes easier to them, and that is just plain sad to watch. Technology has turned them into isolated beings. Cut off from the physical world yet active in the virtual.
I thought of doing something about this. I may not be able to change him completely, but something somewhere should do the trick.
Done with Mundane
The schools already have a lot of sports going on for kids, which I am not sure if these kids really enjoy or not.
There are a dozen personality workshops for kids. These help them build interaction skills, teamwork, leadership skills, and so on. But these are either boring or monotonous after a point of time. How many will a kid attend and just one can never be enough? So, these were out of the question too for my nephew.
He did love his gaming console. He also played with online players. But is that really any good? Plus, there is absolutely no physical activity. Yes, it did seem really engaging. But this is not overall development. You are still isolated and stuck with a piece of technology. The brain is continuously engaged, but there is so much more than a growing child needs to groom up with.
I played a game or two with him. It was addictive and good for concentration too. But this was competition, a fight. Nope. This was not what I was looking for.
I wanted something that would not only introduce him to more people but also involve him physically in the game. Make him come out of his little shelter of gadgets, to something more connected to the real world. Interactive learning, making friends, social in the real sense.
My research introduced me to something new. Something that got me excited, as well. So, I was sure it would be the right choice for my nephew. Escape Rooms!
This is a fabulous gaming concept that is classified as a live experience. It involves being willingly locked in a room for sixty minutes, only to find an escape.
What lies in between is a variety of challenges that not just rattle the brains, but involves a lot of physical movements, coordination, logic, and teamwork. This is a team game, so undoubtedly, interactions are involved.
I felt something like this would be perfect. My nephew will get to play a game, which he loves doing; it won’t be a sport, so he will not be bored; there will be more people needed, so he will be a bit more social and interactive, at least with us.
I booked the game for the whole family for the weekend. I could not wait to find out by kiddos' reaction to this one.
When we arrived, we were teamed up with another family. They did not have kids my nephew’s age, but there was a boy in his later teens.
Once the game started, I saw maximum excitement in the two young kids. My nephew was a bit shy in the beginning but slowly began to open up. It was not long before he was telling his parents what to do and how to do it.
Undoubtedly his logic skills were better than ours, but this was an opportunity for us to see what he was capable of.
He interacted well with the other family too. He was neither loud nor dominating. It was a pure pleasure to see him observe, understand and then solve each challenge. He did order tasks to his parents, but not in an authoritative way.
At that moment I thought Escape Rooms is such a genius idea for this generation to get out there. It appeals to them in all possible ways.
Do you love gaming? Go alone or take someone to Escape Rooms and play a new theme or story every time. Different difficulty levels are also available. Looking for social outings? Escape Rooms games are the place to be. The story, challenges, interaction, teams, fun, it is all here.
The best part about Escape Rooms was that it had a theme, a story. So, there is a flow of challenges. Kids are not just having fun, but building reasoning and understanding, the ability to connect the pieces stimulates the right parts of the brain.
Of course, these video games do too. They touch the same nodes in the brain as the escape rooms. But there is nothing like having to hold a piece of the puzzle in hand and solving it. The feeling of the real against virtual is anytime superior. Imagine a virtual Rubix cube to a real one, what's better?
Together as a team, we solved a crisis, just in the game though. But it felt so good.
This one game experience brought out a remarkable change in my nephew. He spent the next few days discussing with us how he could have done a puzzle better and which theme he wishes to explore next. He was reading about different kinds of puzzles and challenges, and how to solve them.
In fact, he made friends with the other boy who played with us and planned the next game experience too.
I did it!
This game connected him back into the real world. He hugged and thanked me for the “most fun-fun weekend” of his life. He said it felt like his games had come to life.
These games spread a lot of confidence and happiness. The team due to play after us was a group of differently-abled kids, along with two of their guardians.
They had come in for games before too, as I was told. They looked forward to it as the game made them forget everything and have concentrated fun. The exposure to challenges made them build up confidence.
Don’t you think this is a superb way to bring your kids outside the virtual world and into the real one? I urge all parents to try this out once with your kids. Or simply set their group of friends for one.
Tell me what changes you observed in your little champ?
Are they still addicted as bad to that gadget?