Gamescom 2019: BZgA Supports Responsible Use of Computer Games & Co.

Dr. honey. Heidrun Thaiss, head of the Federal Center for Health Education, points out: "Data from a representative survey of the Federal Center for Health Education show that 5.8 percent of young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have disrupted behavior on the Internet or computer game. Especially male adolescents are misled. computer games to play long and intense Girls of the same age have problematic behavior on social networks Seduces the smartphone to want to be online constantly The challenge for parents, families and teachers is to help adolescents use the internet responsibly while on their own be a good role model. "

Not every intense phase of play or use of media in adolescents' lives directly indicates pathological development. Parents worried about their kids' excessive behavior or playing online should first find out why. Talking in the family is the most important thing. For example, school stress, conflicts with family and friends, and other problems at school or leisure can all be reasons for excessive play or internet behavior. Attention should be paid to parents if they are under the impression that digital games can no longer be controlled independently and that withdrawal symptoms occur when they can no longer be played. They can manifest themselves in, for example, anxiety and nervousness, withdrawal, aggressive behavior, or depressed mood.

The Federal Center for Health Education has released a parenting guide, "Being Online with Measure and Fun," as a guide to dealing with digital media in the family, offering parents lots of information and recommendations. In addition, the Federal Center for Health Education offers individual parental advice via e-mail in the context of the BZgA "Go Online" prevention program in the event of a problem or issue.

At, young people will find information about the appeal and risks of digital games and social networks. Use the online self-check "Check Yourself" to discover if your gaming and online behavior is right.

Further offers from the Federal Center for Health Education:

Individual telephone counseling for addiction prevention under telephone number 0221/89 20 31. Monday to Thursday: 10 am to 10 pm and Friday to Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm (price according to the telephone operator's list for discussions in the Cologne local network)

Online self-checkup for teenagers:

Behavior Change Online Program for Young People below:

Information for parents, teachers and other multipliers at:

A Parent's Guide to Managing Digital Media Properly: "Being Online with Action and Fun"

Leaflet for teens:
"Computer games are great! Where's the problem?"
"I love being online! Where's the problem?"

Free ordering of BZgA materials at:
Federal Center for Health Education, 50819 Cologne
Online ordering system:
Fax: 0221/8992257

Data from a study by the Federal Center for Health Education on:
BZgA Study "Youth Affinity in the Federal Republic of Germany 2015 – a Subgroup of Computer Games and Internet Usage" for download at:

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