Problematic Gaming in Immigrant Families

For several years, MiR has received support from the Directorate of Health for a project to prevent problematic gaming for youth with an immigrant background. The project is mainly directed towards parents, where we begin discussions about how they can set good boundaries for children who game too much.

In conjunction with the project, we have made brochures in many different languages and videos that can be used to start discussions.

Do you have a parent group that wants tips and advice about how to set boundaries for their children? Contact us for more information!

In 2019, created a manual on how to initiate these parenting groups.

We have brochures in 10 different languages that can be downloaded from MiR’s website or ordered. The brochures have been tested in families with immigrant background, and we have received positive feedback. Click here for materials in many languages!

For tips on how you can talk about gaming with your child, click here.

Film Resources

MiR has made many videos we use when working with parents to start discussions:

Does your child game too much?

This video works with setting boundaries and can create a discussion on how you as parents can set boundaries for your children when they game. Does setting boundaries create a lot of conflict? Can you do it in a different ways?

A survey done by Medietilsynet (The Norwegian Media Authority) shows that children believe that parents are less involved in their gaming than other activities they do in their free time.

Discussion Questions:

  • Do you know which video games your children play?
  • Do you know what the video game is about?
  • Do you know if the games are good or bad?
  • Who do they play video games with?
  • Do you know what the age limit is for the video game?
  • Do you play video games with your children sometimes?

“The good conversation”

This video is about how cell phones can ruin everyday communication. We also have suggestions on how to handle it.

Discussion Questions:

  • Do you recognize yourself in this video?
  • Do you recognize anyone else from this video?
  • In the film, the boy joins a gang because he feels like his mother doesn’t care about him. Do you believe that is realistic?
  • What do you think about the research we presented?
  • What can you change in your everyday life?

“Mamma, I want food!”

This video shows how it can be when the parents game too. Using cellphones has become such a normal part of everyday life that we don’t think about how much we use them.

Discussion Questions:

  • Have you forgotten the time because you were using social media or gaming?
  • Do you know someone who is always on their cell phone?
  • What can adults to limit their own cell phone usage?

MiR is in the process of conducting a survey looking at immigrant families’ use of computers and cell phones. Help us by filling out the survey, which only takes 5 minutes. As a thank you for helping us, you will be entered into a drawing to win 2 gift cards, one of 1000 NOK and the other for 500 NOK! Click here to join!

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