All Kinds of News for February 06, 2019
ReSTART is the first and most well established center for internet and video game addiction in the country. Johnny Tock, MS, LMHC and Dr. Hilarie Cash from ReSTART presented "Intimacy Disorder Among Young, Heavy Internet Users", at the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) conference in San Antonio, TX. The purpose was to share the research about how young adults and adolescents are developing their views on intimacy and sexuality within the virtual world and how this unhealthy development is impeding their abilities to form healthy and positive relationships into adulthood.
ReSTART has shown that the first step in helping young folks create healthy relationships is fostering and creating healthy attachments with them. Rather than families immersing themselves in their devices, ReSTART encouraged them to continue focusing on the children, and likewise, allowing the children to connect with the families, rather than tablets and phones.
The internet, Youtube, media, and video games - not just pornography - can carry with them oversexualized imagery as well as messages of misogyny. Early and prolonged exposure to these avenues can create the unhealthy template of what a “normal” individual and relationship looks like, specifically at younger ages.
To help avoid some of these pitfalls, ReSTART says to focus on building these healthy attachments with our children and encourage strong interpersonal relationships with their peers. Have them engage in healthy activities promoting communication and connection rather than risk early, prolonged exposure to media which can carry negative and unhealthy expectations and ideas of what happy and healthy relationships look like.
Headquartered in Fall City, Washington, reSTART is a leading advocate of healthy sustainable digital media use (internet, VR, and videogames) for people and the planet. reSTART offers staffed residential care for youth (13-17) and life sharing retreats for adults (ages 18-30), along with independent living support.