Video games are now the fastest-growing entertainment media, generating more sales than the movie and music industry combined. The pandemic has created and exacerbated multiple risk factors for both gaming and gambling disorder and, not surprisingly, problematic video gaming and gambling are on the rise for both youth and adults. This webinar will discuss the difference between healthy recreational and problematic gaming, build awareness of the signs and symptoms of a potential gaming disorder and its relationship to gambling elements, and shed light on the impact of these problems on children, adults, and the family as a whole. Participants will be provided information on resources for individuals and their family members who are dealing with a gaming or gambling disorder.
Public Health Perspectives is a free online webinar series designed to showcase programs impacting public health. PHP discusses program design, lessons learned, and creative solutions with public health professionals around the nation. Each PHP webinar takes approximately 1-hour to complete.
PHP Webinars are hosted live on the second Friday of each month at 10am PST.
To join the live session, please enroll in the course before 10am PST on the day of the webinar. All PHP sessions are recorded. If you enroll after the live webinar session has ended, the course will contain a video recording of the live session you can watch instead. Please note, it may take up to one month for the recording to become available.
At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to
1. Distinguish recreational gaming and gambling from disordered play
2. Identify gambling elements within video games that may be problematic for some players
3. Identify resources available for those struggling with a gaming disorder
- Public health professionals
- Community members
Duration: ~ 1 hour
Continuing Education: N/A
Author: Ted Hartwell, MA, Community Engagement Liaison, Nevada Council of Problem Gambling