Digital devices blamed for creating a generation of ‘glow kid’ addicts

first_imgStuff co.nz 8 October 2017Family First Comment: Interesting! We actually raised this concern with our report in 2015 – which at the time, the media and the Children’s Commissioner scoffed at. But we’ve been proved right.Read our report https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/research/screen-time-2015/Children who spend too much time on their digital devices are at risk of developing neurological disorders, a high school is warning parents.While many schools embrace learning through laptops and tablets, Palmerston North Boys’ High School staff penned a letter to parents citing warnings from American psychologist Nicholas Kardaras.“Exposure to technology is essential for our young men,” the school said in the letter.“However, it is essential the manner in which they are exposed to this technology is controlled and monitored so that the benefits are not diminished by the proven negatives.”“There is an increasing amount of clinical research correlating screen time with disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, depression and increased anxiety.”Kardaras coined the phrase “glow kids” to describe the generation of children and teens growing up immersed in digital technology, and lit by a screen.Computer games and websites are designed to be appealing and addictive. His findings, based on clinical evidence, shows this addiction could be as harmful to the developing brain as cocaine addiction, but is more difficult to cure.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/97579974/Digital-devices-blamed-for-creating-a-generation-of-glow-kid-addicts?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

EGBA: German Policy unfit to tackle black market threats

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Share EGBA calls for enhanced collaboration on consumer rights August 11, 2020 Jdigital appeals Spanish decree orders to EC courts July 23, 2020 EGBA – Black market looms on Spain if government proceeds with its advertising blackout July 14, 2020 The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called upon German policymakers to ‘simplify the country’s complicated policy framework for online gambling’.The Brussels based industry trade body criticised Germany for being ‘one of the very few remaining European countries which has no properly functioning online gambling market’.Explaining why the new State Treaty must simplify current legislation, Maarten Haijer, Secretary General for the EGBA, said: “That is why EGBA fully supports the government’s efforts to establish a new gambling policy and we welcome progress towards developing a functional and effective online gambling regulation. However, with less than 50% of the country’s online gambling activity currently taking place on offshore websites, re-regulation will not be an easy task.”Haijer states that the State Treaty must tackle the rate of channelisation to unlicensed sites, especially when compared to both the UK and Denmark. However, he pointed out that the introduction of legislation which fails to be ‘evidence-led’ will set the scene for ‘continued political and legal challenges’.He added: “The starting position of Germany is so bad that, in 2017, the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) predicted that the country had a “channelling” rate of only 1.8% (e.g. 1.8% of online gambling activity in Germany took place on websites which are licensed in Germany), compared to 95% in UK and 90% in Denmark.“At least this makes the priority for the new policy clear: channelling. The new policy can only be effective if it ensures that gambling websites licensed in Germany are more attractive than those outside it – so customers will play on these websites rather than unlicensed ones. This requires the new policy to meet the customer’s needs by ensuring there is sufficient choice in the market – including brands, products and bet offerings.“That is why the policy measures currently on the table are highly questionable. They are overly prescriptive and introduce restrictions which are not evidence-led. The combined effects of the proposed restrictions on player accounts (e.g. deposit and time restrictions), on products (e.g. the ban on online casino is not fully lifted) and on bet types (e.g. live betting will be banned), jeopardises the task of achieving a high channelling rate and sets the scene for continued political and legal challenges.“We have had proper regulation of online gambling in Europe for well over 10 years now and it is time Germany got its house in order as well. It is in everyone’s interest to introduce a law which ensures high channelling rates, long term regulatory stability and a fully functioning market.”last_img read more