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"Video Game Addiction" to be Forum Topic at Sandy Hook School District

| 18 Apr 2014 16:23
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Connecticut's Newtown Public Schools district, the site of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, will feature the parent forum on video game addiction as part of a series sponsored by the Newtown Recovery Project.

A parent forum on video game addiction will be held next week in Newtown, Connecticut, the site of the infamous Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, as well as the shooter Adam Lanza. The event is part of an ongoing series of forums hosted by the Newtown Recovery Project, set up in the wake of the tragic killings.

According to the Newtown Bee, the April 24 forum "will provide information on the definition and criteria for video game addiction, the psychology of video game addiction, signs a child may need help, what makes them so addicting, negative consequences of gaming addiction (physical, social, etc) and treatment."

The forum will be presented twice, once during the school day at 10 a.m. at Newtown's Hawley Elementary School and a second time at the school at 6 p.m. Another parent forum will be held the day before, April 23, titled "Springtime Stress Management."

It's worth noting that an official report on the motives behind the Sandy Hook shootings found no links with video games.

Before you comment, please realize that Newtown is still a community going through a healing process and is likely still trying to find answers to why this shooting happened. It's safe to say that most of us have never been affected by an event as horrific as a school shooting and while video games do often get an unfair rap for being the cause of such violence let's try to be respectful while discussing the matter.

Source: The Newtown Bee via Polygon

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