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e stimuli. 'When you sit in front of the monitor, you have the feeling of being directly involved with something.'

Successful experiences are more easily gained this way than in real life.

But there is danger in all this, as well. 'This satisfaction can make children less interested in taking on the daily challenges of real life,' Detering says.

Friendships, hobbies, and chores all involve effort, Grosch adds.

In the view of Martin Zobel, a psychotherapist from Koblenz, the new form of gaming addiction is often a result of family problems.

'No child becomes involved in extreme computer consumption without a reason,' he says.

Particularly at risk are children who suffer from neglect or whose parents have separated, and where they are not sufficiently monitored and challenged at home.

'Many parents are poor role models, since they themselves spend a lot of time in front of the computer or television.' The parents are often happy when the children are at home, Grosch says.

'Beyond that, they don't care what the kids are doing in their rooms.'

Parents who have the feeling that their children are spending too much time on the computer should address the issue, but avoid accusations.

If the child defends the computer at all costs, then that should serve as another warning bell, says Martin Zobel. The parents should nevertheless not simply take away the games or the computer.

'General bans achieve nothing,' Grosch says. He advises parents to take a look at the games themselves and to warn their children about the potential dangers.

Zobel advises against children having their own computer in their rooms.

Computer-free times should be clearly agreed upon, so that the children put their minds on other matters.

'It's important that the child has other ways of spending time, something to amuse him and connect him
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