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More children addicted to computer games during summer holidays

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During school holidays, support centres for parents whose children are addicted to playing computer games are bombarded with phone calls, reports news agency TT.

The summer holidays are when children tend to play computer games the most, and addictions can develop due to the lack of daily routines and structure, according to Inger Lundberg at the treatment centre Game Over.

"Conflicts arise when parents want to get children to follow daily routines", she told TT.

Among those parents who seek help from centres for computer game addictions, those with children between the ages of 14 and 17 are the majority.

According to the centres interviewed by TT, many parents seek help far too late, and it is therefore not able to get statistics on how common computer game addictions are among younger children.

"I wish many of them had come here several years ago. There are so many more conflicts and emotions involved when the children are older", says Inger Lundberg.

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