The problems we are addressing in this project are behavioural addictions in young people, especially those involving computer games, and ineffective tools for preventing and counteracting such addictions. Research by the National Bureau for Drug Prevention shows that 85% of children in the 11-14 age group play computer games. The aim of the project is to increase the effectiveness of the prevention system against behavioural addictions. We are developing prevention tools, training staff and introducing new solutions into local policies. We already have experience of cooperation with the municipality in the field of addiction prevention (e.g. implementation of delegated tasks, participation in the diagnosis and working on the Municipality Development Strategy for 2020-2030, consultations for social welfare centres on a strategy for solving social problems, etc.). As part of the cooperation with the Municipality, a declaration of partnership has already been established for the creation of a programme for the prevention of behavioural addictions in young people.
As part of this project, we are organising a municipal e-sports championship as a prevention programme. We are developing an education and prevention programme for e-coaches. We are preparing a draft recommendation for the Municipal Programme of Prevention and Counteracting Behavioural Addictions in Youth and a draft of assumptions for the training of youth e-trainers. We run a community campaign showing the risks of addiction. We conduct community consultations with youth leaders and training of e-trainers. We are developing a publication: “Gamer’s Guide”. Our beneficiaries are e-trainers and experts in the field of addiction prevention in the Lesser Poland Province, at least 75 young people aged 11-15, as well as institutions and organisations cooperating within the local coalition for the development of recommendations for the the Municipal Programme of Prevention and Counteracting Behavioural Addictions in Youth.