Learn how to hit the gaming sweet spot by feeling more fulfilled IRL while growing as a player
Group Programs, 1on1 mentoring and a DIY online program. Let's get on the same page as our kids.
Come learn about gaming culture, motivation, design, and how to better help families under your care.
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GameAware In The Media
"Josh and his GameAware presentation to our parent community was outstanding. As an advocate for gamers but also understanding the concerns of parents, he was able to provide real, accessible and practical knowledge to his adult audience that will enhance their own parenting skills and ability to converse with their children about this often contentious topic. I would thoroughly endorse GameAware visiting all schools to share in this most valuable learning experience."
- Kirk Grinham (Deputy Principal) Sydney Technical High School School
"Andrew’s involvement at Hampton Primary School has been instrumental in providing our parent community with an understanding of the dangers of ‘over-gaming’ but most importantly, the benefits that gaming can have for kids when managed under the right conditions. With an engaging presentation and personable style, Andrew offers practical strategies for parents to use at home to manage digital devices and games. A serious challenge for the modern day parent." - Hampton Primary School
"Attended the GameAware PD recently and found this very helpful in working with many families where device use and gaming have become problematic, causing conflict and impact on general functioning. This training gave me further insight into the reality that exists for gamers with all of the pros and cons. I love the structure of the program from the gamer buy-in to being able to regulate their own use and see the benefits of reflecting on and changing their habits if this has become intrusive in their lives and with their relationships. I found the information was factual, objective and evidence based. The program itself appears to be a solid structure to assist with behavioural change. I'm looking forward to commencing this process with a young man with Autism Spectrum Disorder very soon. Would certainly recommend others taking advantage of this training opportunity." - Family Worker
"When we first started the game aware program I was one of the most addicted gamers in there. In two weeks of holidays I spent a total of 5 days of video gaming (130 hours). Now I am able to stick to the strategies and when I game I only play for one hour. That let me start Kung Fu again because I had stopped it due to gaming. I am encouraging everyone who games a lot to try playing less and see how it's better overall." - Gamer
"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. " - Parent
"I feel that I have changed my sleeping patterns drastically, I particularly frown upon all-nighters now. I uninstalled some of the games I noticed weren't actually fun anymore. Now I set my gaming time and mix it up with other stuff. It's fun to again." - Gamer
"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." - Parent
"This program provides the knowledge and strategies for the kids to add new experiences to their lives above and beyond gaming without excluding it. It does so without making them wrong. They learn to give themselves self respect and inspire themselves regulate for their ends, not just for their parents’ ends. We did the holiday program and the parent sessions are great as they taught us adults how we can be just as messy in our behaviours as our kids are. I learned that my self regulation can be a role model for my kid's behaviour. It was confronting but rewarding when I was able to feel and regulate the same susceptibilities that my child was subjected to - and I am the adult! A great learning and information program I would recommend to any parent with a gaming child. At first I just didn’t get it, why did he game so much? All will be revealed.." - Parent
"The GameAware Holiday Program was not only amazing for my son in teaching him to self regulate & be 'aware' of his gaming habits & behaviours but equally as important it taught me not to confuse screen time with gaming. Ironically as part of the parent side of the program our kids taught us how to play computer games. I have a strong sporting background & knew I'd be competitive but didn't realise I'd get such a rush from the games! It was such an 'A-HA' moment when I finally understood this is what makes gaming fun & addictive! Don’t get me wrong, there are still ups and downs but now that we use the strategies at home, things are a lot calmer." - Parent
"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." - Parent
"This program was so much more than I thought it would be. It had the perfect balance of information, education (parents & kids), activities, fun and games. My sceptical teen was sold after attending the 1st day. Andrew built rapport with him immediately and could relate to all the kids on their level. As for the results, well, the program definitely provided us and our son with the tools we need to make a difference - the rest is up to us and how committed and consistent we are." - Parent