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Dr. Cash, has worked in the emerging field of Internet and video game addiction for 20 years. She's a co-founder of reSTART, Internet Addiction Recovery Program, the first program for adults suffering from Internet and video game addiction in the USA or Canada. This program was opened in 2009. In 2008 she co-authored the book Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control.

Her mission is to help people understand how we can call this problem a true addiction, how overuse of digital media can negatively impact child development and all family relationships, what mental health professionals need to know in order to identify and treat the problem and what institutions should consider when thinking about public education, research funding and educational policies. She says we cannot live without digital technology, but we can and must learn how to make it a healthy part of a balanced life; not something which takes over our lives.

Listen in as she shares her thoughts on this important topic with Stanley Bronstein.

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NPR: On the sidelines of life and video gaming

When Playing Video Games Means Sitting On Life's Sidelines

by NPR Staff

The reSTART clinic in Washington State treats Internet addicts. Many of the young men who go through the program have been using video games as an escape for years, only to lose themselves in the process. But avoiding the Internet can be nearly impossible, and finding the right balance is a "constant struggle," one patient says. Read this story


The kids who are addicted to the internet

The kids who are addicted to the internet

Published on : 14 October 2010 - 11:10am | By Earth Beat (Photo: reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program)

Recent studies show that up to 20 percent of internet users between the ages of 18 and 28 are addicted to being online. Whether it’s fantasy games, instant messaging, Facebook or constantly checking email, it can have a big impact on people's real lives, with those addicted often quitting school, jobs and relationships just to spend more time in front of the computer screen.

With more and more people online during every waking hour, the problem is becoming endemic, and digital detox retreats or treatment centres are starting to spring up.

The reStart Internet Addiction Recovery Program was the first of its kind in the United States and Earth Beat host Marnie Chesterton spoke to one of its co-founders, Hilarie Cash.

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Growing number of kids addicted to the internet

Growing number of kids addicted to the internet

KIRO Radio

You know your child is spending a lot of time on the computer, but the actual amount of time he or she is spending with media might surprise you.

Add up texting, games, homework and the like, and "The typical US school-aged child is spending 7 to 8 hours a day with media," says Dr. Dimitri Christakis, the director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Hospital."7 to 8 hours a day, that's more time than any activity except for sleep, and in many cases it's more time than sleep."

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