In the Media

Macleans Magazine

Elaine has shared the story of her son’s video addiction with  various media outlets including television, radio, print, on line and podcasts.

Macleans Magazine

Feb 12/24

Breaking From Technology: How a 3-Week Screen Fast Can Improve Brain Health

Overusing screens can impact your hormones and brain chemistry, but taking a break can help you reset.



Macleans Magazine

July 13/23

They lost their kids to Fortnite

A group of Canadian parents say their kids are so addicted to the video game Fortnite that they’ve stopped eating, sleeping and showering. Now these parents want to hold its tech-giant creator accountable.



April 1/23


Broadcasting royalty Trisha Goddard takes a look through the week’s leading stories and gives her two cents on the biggest social dilemmas making the news this week.

View Elaine’s discussion at 1 hour 26 minutes talking about video gaming disorder.

cbc radio canada

Youth Internet Addiction: Insufficient Support Services in Ontario

Problematic use of the Internet, cyberaddiction, addiction to technology: there are many expressions to designate the excessive and uncontrolled use of screens, an illness that affects more and more young people.


On the Brink: What a Family Learned About the Signs, Symptoms and Coping Strategies for Video Gaming Addiction


Where Parents Talk- with Lianne Castelino

Lianne Castelino of Where Parents Talk speaks to Elaine Uskoski, holistic health practitioner, speaker, educator, author and mom of two about her family’s journey with video gaming addiction — signs, symptoms, therapies and coping strategies, plus what motivated her to write two books on the subject for parents, caregivers and educators.


Ways to identify if someone has a “gaming disorder”

Global News

Canadians have been gaming significantly more during the pandemic, to keep themselves occupied according to experts. This has more adults and kids developing video gaming addictions. Global’s Sharmeen Somani reports.


Six ways to tell if your child is addicted to video games


Paul Haber Producer, W5
Published Friday, February 26, 2021 9:00AM EST

W5 speaks to Jake Uskoski about his addition to video games that threatened to take his life.


Contributor to National Geographic

Building an attitude of gratitude in children

National Geographic

By: Heather Greenwood Davis, November 5, 2020

Here’s why grateful kids deal better with challenges—including this entire year

When All-Night Gaming Results in Dropping Out of College

Wall Street Journal

By: Julie Jargon, Family and Tech, Aug. 27, 2019

For one young man, videogames helped him deal with anxiety but nearly derailed his college career; how he and his mom fought back.


Gaming disorder now a disease according to WHO

CBC News: The National 

Jun 18, 2018
Gaming disorder is now a disease according to a new draft of the World Health Organization’s new International Classification of Diseases.
elemental magazine

Video Game Addiction: A Mother’s Story of a Son Hooked on Gaming and Her Fight to Save Him

Elemental Magazine

May 29/20

As a mother of two sons who had moved away to university, Elaine Uskoski and her husband were enjoying their time as empty nesters. That freedom, however, was short lived when Elaine was suddenly faced with one of the biggest crises of her life: her youngest son, Jake, was addicted to video…


The increasingly blurred lines between gambling and gaming

CAMH – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

July 4, 2019

Video games seem to have a way of transcending culture, language, and geography – and many people use them as a way to connect with others, especially online. But there’s a darker side to consider, one that Elaine Uskoski knows well.

Video Gaming Addiction


Dec. 13, 2018
Elaine Uskoski shares the first part of the personal story of her son’s video gaming addiction. PART 1, 2 and 3

CBC radio

When video games take over


CBC Radio- Ontario Today 

Rita Celli, Jun 27, 2018

The World Health Organization now says compulsive gaming qualifies as an addictive behaviour disorder. Your stories, with social worker Lisa Pont of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

How This Young Man Recovered from Video Game Addiction

The New Family Podcast : Episode 236 

Brandie Weikle – June 3, 2019

Elaine and Jake Uskoski are here to share their experience with Jake’s video game addiction. They’ve started to share their story to help other families learn to identify where enthusiasm for digital play crosses into unhealthy territory and what it takes to come out of it when video games have taken over a young person’s life. Elaine has also written about this candidly in her book, Seeing Through the Cracks.


Video game addiction: Former Caledon resident talks parenting, prevention

Caledon Enterprise

By Matthey Strader,  June 10, 2019

Elaine Uskoski was a Caledon resident for 30 years, where she raised her two adult sons. The author and health practitioner battled video game addiction with one of her sons, and now, has written about the experience, and shares it with others to build awareness and prevention. 

Warning signs for gaming addiction

Context Beyond the Headlines

Lorna Dueck May 31, 2019

Elaine Uskoski ignored the signs of trouble with her son’s gaming problem. But it wasn’t until he went away for university that his addiction became life threatening. She explains the warnings signs and the road to recovery.

Dealing with your Child’s Video Gaming

Rogers TV

Jill McPherson – June 4, 2018

Host Jill McPherson talks with Elaine Uskoski, author of the book “Seeing Through the Cracks.” The book is a true story about Elaine’s son going through video game addiction for many years.