We’ve all had a game we loved to play – tag, Monopoly, Scrabble, just to name a few. Nowadays, games come in the palm of our hand and as fun as they are, they can be so difficult to break out of.

Shoot, score, level up, repeat.

That’s probably the mantra of every single person who has ever played a level-crunching game. We all know how fun games can be, especially so if you’re able to play them with your friends online. You get to compete, beat high scores, score new bonuses for your characters, the whole shebang. Not to mention the amazing digital graphics games offer players nowadays. It’s a wonderful world, really.

In the third book of The Plano Adventures series, The Never Ending Game, Zed gets consumed by his game and turns into a gaming addict! His twin brother, Zee, who ironically is the brother who spends more time on his Bottle-Bottle screen, panics and tries to coax him to put down his device. Zed snaps at Zee and in a strange turn of events, Zed disappears into the game itself! Professor Plano and Zee have no choice but to deep dive into the game to save Zed from the clutches of his game.

While we may not literally disappear into an actual game, metaphorically however, there are gamers who lose themselves in their games. According to Business Insider Singapore, Singaporeans spend 7.44 hours each week playing video games. What’s more shocking is that 51% of Singaporeans sacrificed sleep, over 38% skipped meals, and even 31% missed a shower just to play games. 37% even chose to play games over socialising with their loved ones. Sometimes we get sucked into our games so much so that it consumes a person’s life to the point where everything else blurs into the background. This is when the games stop being fun and start to morph into something more sinister: gaming addiction.

Handling your gaming habits.

Gaming addiction is a serious health issue that has even been classified as a mental disorder by the World Health Organisation (WHO). As our children begin to adopt devices in this digital age, it’s important that we parents help them to manage their device use and set healthy limits on the time they spend on their games. This study found that parents should limit gaming and all other device use to 1 hour a day for children in order to prevent gaming addiction, relieve strain and stress around the eyes, and safeguard their mental health.

You could also remind your little one to practice the Clear Vision Recipe every day! The recipe is a good reminder for your child to take a break from his/her screens every half an hour for at least 2 minutes, and to place their devices at least 30cm away from the eyes. After playing a phone game for a maximum of one hour, be sure to bring your child outdoors for some fun in the sun for at least 2 hours a day. Remember, it’s also up to your little one to enact these healthy habits every day because it’s within their power.

If you would like to purchase The Never Ending Game or any of the other 4 books in The Plano Adventures book series, you may find them in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and at Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository

We’ve all got a phone, and they’re necessary tools to help us navigate, work, and connect! But are we using them a little too much in this day and age?

Gaze fixed on the screen.

How often do we remind ourselves to take a break every time we use our devices? Think about it – when one episode on Netflix leads to another; when 5 minutes on Instagram turn into 50 minutes; when 1 level of a game leads to another 10 levels. And that’s just entertainment.

In the areas of work and learning, sometimes it’s not enough for us to get through 1 email or 1 lecture. We’ve got to get through 100 different ones, or we’ve got to complete 10 different lectures for that upcoming test. In between those 50 minutes on Instagram, 100 different emails, or 10 different online lectures, do we make it a point to practice dashes of eye breaks?

Taking dashes of eye breaks is one of the important components of the Clear Vision Recipe including practicing scoops of good distance (placing your devices at least 30 metres away from your eye), spending heaps of time outdoors (remember to get 2 hours a day outdoors), and MyPower (for only you have the control to practice these good habits every day). It’s a great reminder for us all to take care of our eyes amidst this digital age. After all, we wouldn’t want to end up like the citizens of Machiville.

In the fifth book of The Plano Adventures series, Out of Order, the citizens of Machiville were glued to their devices all day. They couldn’t even lift their gaze beyond the screen to complete the simplest of everyday tasks such as finding directions, or even asking their friend a question in real life. This may be an exaggeration, but with our lives being increasingly governed by our devices, that scenario doesn’t seem too far away. In fact, a survey found that kids are spending at least 30 hours a week on their phones – that’s equal to 1500 hours a year! It’s important that we curb our reliance on our screens and maybe give ourselves a break from the screens too.

Fixing our screen time.

Our screens are permanent fixtures of our lives in the 21st Century, hence it’s critical to manage the time we spend on them before we get too dependent on our devices. Our children are especially vulnerable to developing an over dependence on their devices as their childhoods and schooling years now revolve around a tiny palm-sized device. Therefore, it’s necessary for us parents to also remind them of the Clear Vision Recipe and exercise good device habits every day to stifle their reliance on devices.

If your child is constantly turning to the screen for an episode of Paw Patrol to entertain him/herself, set device limits for the day. Let your child know that you’ll be limiting him/her to 2 episodes a day. Beyond that is off limits. As a substitute, you could encourage your child to try out new home activities like baking or gardening with parental supervision, of course. Developing a hobby or an interest from a young age can help your child to gain skills and it could be a stepping stone to unlocking your child’s passion.

The digital world we live in is an ever-changing one with new devices being introduced to the market every day. And as these devices begin to change with the world, we ought to adopt healthy device habits to safeguard our health – both physically and mentally – and not grow an addiction to them.

If you would like to purchase Out of Order or any of the other 4 books in The Plano Adventures book series, you may find them in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and at Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository

It’s robbing our children’s eyes of the clarity they used to have – our screens. And we parents need to stop it before it’s too late.

A dull look in our eyes.

In Trouble in Murktown, the citizens are covered in a fog that dispels all traces of clear vision. The citizens are glued to their phone screens and their eyes appear to be soulless. Driven by their constant pre-occupation with their screens, the citizens of Murktown lose clarity of the world around them.

For most of us today, our lives center around our phones. Ask anyone around you what 3 things they always have with them and 1 out of the 3 will definitely be a phone. Even for our children, growing up in the 21st Century basically necessitates the ownership of a phone – most teachers now use WhatsApp groups to disseminate reminders to their students, and some schools are even planning to use tablets as part of the school curriculum. Our children even use their devices to entertain themselves – games, videos, music, you know the whole lot. Compared to 3 years ago, screen time has definitely doubled.

What’s paying the price? Our children’s eyes.

There’s a reason why Zee wears glasses when his twin brother, Zed, does not – Zee is always using his Bottle-Bottle screen! Even when Professor Plano first met the boys, Zee was seen engrossed with his Bottle-Bottle screen.

Spending too much time staring at a tiny screen can cause our eyes to lengthen and lose flexibility in focusing. The eyes are too accustomed to viewing things at a near distance and loses its ability to focus on faraway objects. This is a process that causes nearsightedness (myopia) and explains why some people are unable to see things clearly if they’re far away.

Getting back that spark.

For every hour that we spend staring at the screen, it’s an hour lost to myopia. Our children are especially vulnerable to myopia; as digital natives growing up in a smartphone generation, it’s no surprise to see them spending hours upon hours on their phones. According to health experts, children between the ages of 8 to 18 are spending at least 7 hours a day staring at their screens.

7 hours a day for 7 days a week – that’s a total of 49 hours which is the equivalent of 2 days and a bit! Imagine that – spending 2 whole days staring at the screen with no breaks in between. Thankfully, not all hope is lost. Just like how Professor Plano, Zed, and Zee managed to thwart Lord Myopic’s evil plans to cover Murktown in an eternal fog, we can help lift the dull fog from our children’s eyes using the Clear Vision Recipe.

If your child is constantly using his/her phone for prolonged periods of time every day, it’s important to remind your little one of the 4 key ingredients in the recipe:

1. Scoops of good distance

Let your child know that it’s important to place their phones at a distance of at least 30 cm away from their eyes – that’s around one arm’s length.

2. Dashes of eye breaks

It’s important to give our eyes a rest! Remind your child to take a 2-minute eye break after every 30 minutes of screen time.

3. Heaps of time outdoors

Going outdoors has been proven to help improve one’s eye sight and protect your eyes from myopia. Bringing your little one out for 2 hours every day is a great way to safeguard their eyes from myopia.

4. Mypower

Last, but definitely not least, is my power. Your child has the power to practice all the ingredients in the Clear Vision Recipe and if he/she does it diligently every day, they’ll be right on track to gaining that spark in their eyes.

After the fog was dispelled from Murktown, the citizens looked up from their Bottle Bottle Screens to a whole new world and realised the beauty of the city around them. Don’t let your children miss out on the beauty the world has to offer outside their tiny palm-sized screens. Together, we parents can help them achieve their best vision possible and find that spark in their eyes once again for we will not let anyone or any phone dull their sparkle.

If you would like to purchase Trouble in Murktown, or any of the other 4 books in The Plano Adventures book series, you may find them in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and at Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository

Going outdoors is one of the most important activities to combat myopia and minimise screen time. For some of our children who may not like the outdoors all that much, they’ve got an arsenal of excuses ready to be used to avoid the outdoors. Here are some ways you can work around that.

Has this ever happened to your child when you tried to bring him/her outdoors?

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This could be a familiar scene to you – the moment you try to organise a short walk in the park, or a cycling trip by the beach, your child immediately breaks into a full-on meltdown – cue the tears, whining, protestations, and excuses. Sometimes, it’s because they’d rather spend the time at home on their screens than to go outdoors. Approximately 60% of parents who participated in a survey in England blamed video games for their child’s lack of interest in outdoor activity.

In The Ray Keepers, the dragons were so engrossed with their bottle-bottle screens that they totally forgot about going outdoors! They preferred to stay in their cave to play with their bottle-bottle screens. For some of us parents, our children share similar habits – “why go outdoors to play when my friends are all online playing too?” they might think.

As we are all raising smartphone natives in a digitally mediatised climate, it’s now more pertinent than ever that we take measures to minimise screen time before it’s too late. Excessive screen time has been proven to lead to vision issues like myopia, and could even contribute to mental health conditions like social anxiety and depression. One of the best ways to reduce screen time is to bring your little one outdoors. It has been proven that the outdoors not only safeguard your child’s eyes from myopia, but is also beneficial for their mental health.

However, for some of our munchkins, they prefer staying indoors where there’s a strong Wi-Fi connection. These days, Wi-Fi is almost just as important as oxygen. So, when they hear about the next outdoor adventure without Wi-Fi, there’s bound to be a whole list of excuses they’re going to give to try and shimmy their way out of it. Here are a list of those excuses, and how you can respond:

Excuse 1: It’s too hot outside.

Response: Water bottles, portable fans, and maybe even an ice-cream reward at the end! Who doesn’t like ice-cream? You could also schedule outdoor time during sunset or sunrise when it’s not too hot. Midday would be far too unbearable with the sun at its highest, but going for a walk or a cycle in the evening time would be far more bearable for your little one and yourself!

Excuse 2: I don’t like bugs!

Response: Yes, bugs bite. Ants, mosquitoes, the whole lot. But that’s why bug repellent exists! You could also purchase bug repellent patches to stick them onto your child’s outdoor gear if they dislike the feeling of applying repellent on their skin. The smell may be a little strong at first, but the moment they feel the wind in their hair and the sun on their backs, they’ll soon forget about it.

Excuse 3: But I’m about to finish this level of my game!

Response: Games are designed to be addictive. Unlocking new levels and reaching personal high scores are what keeps players going. If your child is about to finish his/her game, let them know kindly but firmly that after they finish that level, it’s time to put the phone away. You could even give them a time limit – say 10 minutes. Negotiate a deal with them, and remember to stick to it! You could also remind them of the Clear Vision Recipe – to take dashes of eye breaks and spend heaps of time outdoors.

Finding the right balance

Bottle-bottle screens are great for work and play, but every dragon needs a good balance.

Ren-ray, The Ray Keepers

Your child’s phone is a great source of entertainment. Even as adults ourselves, we love using our phones to unwind after a long day – Netflix, anyone? However, we need to remind ourselves and our children to use them in moderation. It’s not our phones that are inherently harmful, it’s our relationship with them.

Just like how the cave dragons in The Ray Keepers finally realised the importance of balance, we need to emphasize this same lesson to our children. Upon realising that, the cave dragons immediately spread their wings and had fun soaring through the skies. Our little ones, too, deserve that.

If you would like to purchase The Ray Keepers, or any of the other 4 books in The Plano Adventures book series, you may find them in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and at Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository

Gaming addiction has been recognized by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an actual disorder. But we are bigger than these games – for they don’t control us, we control them.

At the touch of a button.

Games are more easily accessible than before. Being a parent and having grown up through the 90s, I remember having to purchase a CD-ROM or one of those expensive PlayStation Consoles to play games. And purchasing a game meant having to take a trip downtown or having to wait for a friend to loan it to me. Now, at the swipe of a finger and a press of the button, games can be easily downloaded into our children’s palm-sized devices.

Admittedly, games are a wonderful escape from the stresses of life. On online multi-player games, you can even play with your friends and meet new ones. However, there’s a need to know when to take a break too. As games are designed to motivate players to unlock higher levels or reach new personal high scores, players would spend nights and days trying to proceed in the game.

When Zed first got his hands on a puzzle game in The Never Ending Game, he found himself strongly drawn to it. He couldn’t shake off the urge to continue playing it. Even when his brother, Zee, and Prof Plano asked him to take a break, he snapped at them!

As stated by the WHO, there are 3 signs to identify gaming addiction:

1. When the player is too immersed in the game and makes excuses to continue gaming (e.g. playing truant and staying away from school to play games).

2. The games become the player’s priority and everything else – like spending time with family – becomes secondary.

3. The player still continues playing games in spite of any consequences.

Hitting pause on the games.

All games come with a pause function, so it’s not impossible to take a break from it, even for just a little bit. Remember, we have the power over technology and not the other way round. Technology is here to help and entertain us, but not take over our lives.

As said by the great Prof Plano, “as long as you have self-control when you use your screen, you will always have MyPower!” MyPower is having the willpower to do what is right. It’s also the fourth ingredient in the Clear Vision Recipe and the most important one.

If your little one is constantly spending time playing games on his/her devices, remind them to take their dashes of eye breaks every 30 minutes, and to spend heaps of time outdoors. It’s important for them to create boundaries between themselves and their games to prevent gaming addiction. After all, unlike games, reality doesn’t come with an extra life.

If you would like to purchase The Never Ending Game or any of the other 4 books in The Plano Adventures book series, you may find them in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and at Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository

Cyberbullies may lurk behind the screen, but with strength and support from those around us, we can overcome them.

Cyberspace: For everyone and no one

One of the best things about the internet is the ease of socialisation – it allows us to connect with our friends and family, play games online with them, form communities on social media, the list is endless.

While the internet is for everyone to enjoy, users can easily pretend to be no one. The internet also shrouds us in a veil of anonymity. While this can serve to be useful in certain situations – such as giving anonymous feedback to a service you found online – some users manipulate this anonymity for unkind purposes. These users are called cyberbullies.

In the fourth installment of the Plano Adventures series, Attack of the Cybugs, the Cybugs that lurk in the shadows of the Wood Wide Web, taunt and jeer at anyone who passes them. When Professor Plano, Zed, and Zee took an innocent short walk through the wood wide web, the Cybugs emerged and ruined their walk by hurling nasty words at them. It left the trio shaken, unable to fight back, until a special hero leapt to their rescue. Cybugs are just like cyberbullies. They take any opportunity to criticise and mock others online for no apparent reason. This leaves their victims in a state of helplessness.

The weight of our words and actions

Cyberbullies use their words and actions to hurt others and the feelings of pain they inflict can linger. According to a report published in Singapore, 3 in 4 students have admitted to being a victim of cyberbullying. As a consequence of cyberbullying, victims have reported to exhibit lower self-esteem, heightened anxiety, and even depression.

And while there are words and actions that exist to crush others, there are also words and actions that uplift and help others too. If you know anyone who has been a victim of cyberbullying, encourage and console them. Knowing that they have a firm supporter and friend will go a long way in helping them cope with the situation.

Moreover, it is paramount that the situation is presented to a trusted adult like a parent or a teacher. Cyberbullying is a serious issue and in some countries like Canada and the United Kingdom, there are legal laws present to protect victims of cyberbullying.

Finding your power

At the end of Attack of the Cybugs, Professor Plano, Zed, and Zee gather their friends to encourage them to be brave and use MyPower to overcome the bullies. It is within each of our power to ignore the hurtful words of the bully and surround ourselves with the people who love and care for us. After all, we find strength in support, and with the support from our community we can overcome any adversity.

If you would like to purchase Attack of the Cybugs, or any of the other 4 books in the series, you may find them in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and at Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository

Our screens can never compare to the fun we used to have in the sun.

Where did all that fun in the sun go?

Ah, the sun. Remember how we used to look forward to every summer vacation? We’d be able to spend endless hours at the beach or the park playing with our friends. It’s not that our children don’t get a single dose of Vitamin D these days, but they sure aren’t getting as much as we did when we were their age.

Kids are excited when summer vacation rolls around because hey, school’s out! They’re excited about sleeping in, no homework, and all fun… on their phones. I’ve seen it happen – it’s a Monday in the summer, the sun is beating down on us, there’s a hint of a breeze, and the sky could not be more blue.  It’s a perfect day to go out for a picnic or for a football game at the park. But what do our kids choose to do instead? Spend endless hours making TikTok videos, watch YouTube videos on end, and scroll through their Instagrams.

Please don’t take my sunshine away

Our devices are a great escape from the stressors of life. Never has it been easier to access movies, television shows, and our favourite tunes. However, limits have to be set. In The Ray Keepers, the dragons were so enthralled by their bottle-bottle screens that they totally forgot about the wonders of the great outdoors! They spent days on end in their cave staring at those tiny screens, not interacting with one another or flying outdoors. Imagine that! Dragons who don’t fly outdoors!

Research has demonstrated that spending at least 2 hours a day outdoors under the sun helps to prevent health issues like myopia from progressing. Not only that, allowing your child to have fun running about is a great way to keep him/her active. In fact, it’s dangerous to your child’s health if he/she spends the entire day sitting on the couch using his/her phone. Spending heaps of time outdoors is therefore critical in protecting your child from some major health issues.

After being convinced by Professor Plano, Zed, and Zee, the dragons in The Ray Keepers finally emerged from their cave. And when they did, they were so excited to spread their wings and take flight. Your child may not seem too excited about putting his/her phone down at the moment, but try taking him/her out to play in spite of their protestations. Their reactions might surprise you.

If you would like to purchase The Ray Keepers, or any of the other 4 books in The Plano Adventures book series, you may find them in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and at Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository

Device breaks not found.

From square eyes to rectangular eyes.

‘Square eyes’ is a term humorously used to refer to the effects of spending too much time watching the television. It’s 2020 now and the television has largely been replaced by our little palm-sized devices – our phones! The vast majority of us reading this likely have access to a smartphone or two, and some of you may be reading this with your phones too – just like the citizens of Machiville in Out of Order.

In Out of Order, the citizens of Machiville spend their days using their phones. When it came to simple tasks like asking for directions, the citizens relied on their phones heavily. It didn’t occur to them that they could just ask other people, or easily read the signs for directions. Guess they forgot how to read an actual sign without the help of Google Maps, huh?

Let’s face it, we possess a limitless digital diet and sometimes, we crave for our phones more often than we should. We pick up our phones every other minute to check our e-mails, text our loved ones, watch a little funny video of a cat, the options are endless when it comes to our phones. Our children aren’t excluded from the advent of smartphones either.

According to the latest plano report, 97% of children aged 4 years or younger use mobile devices. Additionally, a study conducted in the U.S. presented that kids are spending over 30 hours a week on their phones. If children are being exposed to screens from the age of 4 and younger, imagine the extent of reach smartphones have today among children aged between 7 to 12? Social media sites like Instagram, Snapchat, and even TikTok draw our children in with a vast array of extensive content made available to them. From checking on their friend’s current whereabouts to finding out more about their favourite celebrity, social media sites have catalysed the rate of smartphone use among our little ones.

Breaking up with the screen.

But taking away the phone from our little ones can sometimes spell catastrophe – tantrums, cold shoulders, withdrawal symptoms, you’ve probably experienced the whole shebang. If your child exhibits signs and symptoms of excessive device use, try creating a conversation around their digital device use and understand where their impulses stem from. Is it an emotional trigger? Do they constantly feel the need to keep abreast of all the latest information in the name of peer pressure? Try to get them to look at other avenues to occupy their time. For instance, by attending an art class or picking up a new skill like dancing. Finding a new way to engage them can help keep their minds off their phones.

A digital detox can be unsettling for our digitally-wired children. However, just like how Nico Roboto hit the ‘Reset’ button in Out of Order to give the robots a break, we need to hit ‘Reset’ on our smartphone use too.

If you would like to purchase Out of Order or any of the other 4 books in The Plano Adventures book series, you may find them in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and at Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository

This 2020, let’s resolve ourselves to practising the Clear Vision Recipe every day.

A new decade, another year, and the same pair of eyes.

Things change, time passes, we create new memories, meet new people and the one conduit to all these experiences are our eyes. How many moments have your eyes seen pass before them? From the time when you saw your first pet when you were a child to the time you witnessed a sky full of stars – your eyes saw them first.

But what if one day, you can’t see anymore? What if one day you can’t seem to see how your childhood pet looks like when he plays with his favourite ball? What if one day you can’t see the amazing sights of the world in front of you? Time is passing us by quickly and if we’re not careful, our sight will go with the times.

2020 foresight.

As they say, “prevention is better than cure”. No matter how perfect we think our vision is, we should never take our eyes for granted. The advent of technology and digital devices makes it hard for us to pry our eyes away from the screens. Everything is centred around digital screens now – work, entertainment, even rest (think meditation apps). And with our world becoming heavily dependent on the internet, our digital diet is only going to expand which may increase our screen time in time to come. We know that our digital screens are a permanent fixture in our 21st-Century lives, but we can still control how we use them every day.

Have you ever heard about the ‘snowball effect’? Basically, once you start doing something, be it small or big, if you continuously do it, it becomes bigger and maybe even better. The same can be said about our habits. Every time we make an effort to exercise the steps in the Clear Vision Recipe, we are helping ourselves take care of our eyes for the future. We safeguard our eyes for a brighter future ahead so that we can continue enjoying healthy, clear vision.

And this doesn’t just apply to us adults, but to our children too. Guide them to practise the steps in the Clear Vision Recipe every day. That means taking dashes of eye breaks every 30 minutes, practising scoops of good distance and placing their books or devices 30cm away from their eyes, and spending heaps of time outdoors! At the end of the day, it’s up to them to follow Recipe and that comes from their own resolve – MyPower. Once these steps turn into habits, trust us, they’ll thank you later.

A vision for the future.

Our eyes will see us through some of the biggest moments of our lives. Let’s do our future selves and our children’s future selves a favour and protect our eyes today. This new year, this 2020, it’s time to put clear vision at the centre of our agenda.

The Plano Adventures is a children’s book series that talks about the effects of excessive device-use and the resulting consequences of myopia, cyberbullying, gaming addiction, and device dependency. Stories from The Plano Adventures are based on years of scientific research, written specifically to empower young readers to tackle these adverse effects of excessive device use.

If you would like to purchase The Plano Adventures book series, you may find them in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and at Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository

For some, there’s no pressing pause on games and this can come with some detrimental consequences.

“You know you are in a game and this isn’t real, right?”

Said by the one and only, Professor Plano.

Games serve as a great escape from our daily stressors – from fantasy realms to compelling storylines, the games that we play open up a portal to another world. However, some people are unable to exit that portal. Just like how Zed literally got sucked into the game in The Never Ending Game, some gamers struggle to press pause on their games.

According to Business Insider Singapore, Singaporeans spend 7.44 hours each week playing video games. Notably, it was found that 51% of Singaporean sacrificed sleep, while over 38% skipped meals, and even 31% missed a shower just to play games. It was also found that 37% chose to play games over socialising with their loved ones. Based on these staggering statistics, it’s obvious that games can consume a person’s life to the point where everything else surrounding them blurs into the background.

While whole family eating talking having breakfast, little preschool son in glasses holding using smartphone looking at screen. Bad habit overuse of devices and gadgets, mobile phone addiction concept

When a person’s life becomes enmeshed with the games they play, it can be difficult to escape the virtual clutches of the glowing screen. Such is the life of a teenager named KC, who recounted his experience with gaming addiction on Channel News Asia. The teenager admitted that he struggled with gaming addiction for 4 years. During these trying 4 years, his love for games affected his relationships with his family. Resultantly, his family took drastic measures to curb his addiction. KC finally attended a 7-month treatment to overcome his gaming addiction in 2016. 

Games come with an extra life, but your life doesn’t.

When you lose a game, you can easily restart it and try again. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work like that. As demonstrated, gaming addiction can cause you to lose out on a lot of chances in real life – from socialising with your loved ones, to taking care of your own health. And once these opportunities are lost, you won’t be able to get these chances back.

In The Never Ending Game, after Zed is saved by Professor Plano and Zee, they still have to defeat the Grand Master of the game – Lord Myopic! Lord Myopic hopes to trap everyone in the game, and it’s up to our heroes to thwart his plans. Fortunately, our heroes manage to find a way to do so. They remind the rest of the players who were trapped in the game to use their MyPower to take control of their games. After all, we are the ones who are in control of the game, not the other way round.

If you would like to purchase The Never Ending Game or any of the other 4 books in The Plano Adventures book series, you may find them in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and at Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository

Gaming addiction has been classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a mental health disease. If you, or someone you know is affected by gaming addiction, please consult your nearest medical health professional for help.