“From habit to hobby”
The Weekend Program is designed to encourage responsible gaming behaviours through self-regulation. Increasing social connectedness with other hobbies and self-awareness are some of the ways the program aims to reduce the impact of excessive gaming on well-being. On the other hand, this program is also designed to help gamers enjoy and improve their gaming as they trade quantity for quality. Being game-aware means you know how to revolve gaming around your life instead of your life around gaming. It’s not uncommon for gamers actually enjoy their gameplay more than they did when they weren’t self-regulating.
Venue: Sydney Technical School – 686 Forest Rd, Bexley, NSW, 2207
Dates: January 12-13th 9:30am to 4:30pm
A Social Gaming Experience – a LAN party
An Online resource for families to use after the program is over
2 online webinar family follow up sessions to support the process.
The program requires participation of both the young gamer and their parent/carer. The parents will have a short part in the weekend program in the afternoons. The webinar family group sessions will allow us to continue this after the fact and workshop your new contracts that aim to reframe the role of gaming to high quality, low quantity experiences. Parents will play an important role in this process and will receive the GameAware Families online resource to follow along.
Webinar Family Follow Up Sessions: Draft
Wednesday 23 January 6.00pm-7.30pm
Wednesday 6 March 6:00pm-7:30pm
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“The GameAware program educates both gamers and parents on the benefits (mastering an activity/ community engagement) and pitfalls of gaming (work-like addiction / disengagement with “real-life’). Our family has benefited from the GameAware program as we were able to develop a strategy to curb our son’s excessive gaming, that is flexible, manageable and ongoing. With a welcoming approach, Andrew has developed a program that young adults understand, respect and find success with. If your children have a gaming addiction OR if you think they may develop a gaming addiction, look no further – your answer is here. Thank you very much Andrew. “
“An amazing program that produces results. The program hits a nerve with my boy who took on board all the teachings and acted on them. I had been trying for years to get him up and active and off the computer but it took this program to actually do it. I still don’t know how. The facilitator is a kid whisperer.”
“The program has been very helpful in making me aware of my own behaviours as a parent and the fact I don’t push my son to be responsible for his actions. Ultimately change comes from within and he needs to be the one to regulate his behaviour.
As a teacher myself, I have found that I even change the way I speak to students in class when they don’t do the right thing. I’m feeling better prepared to help my sons move forward.”