Gamcare Recommends Gambling Education for Children

By Maria McCoyGoogle

Gamcare, an English problem gambling support center, published a letter calling for educating children about gambling at an early stage with the aim of avoiding problem gambling issues later on.  With reasoning similar to current education regarding potentially problematic activities such as drinking, the hope is that early education will equip the youth to cope later in life.

Surprisingly, the letter states, the highest rates of problem gambling actually already exist among teenagers ages 12 – 15; according to the report, this is the further proof of the need to educate the youth on the subject.  Knowing that underage gamblers have little to no access to online casino games, it’s interesting to know where they do all of this problem gambling.

The National Center for Irresponsible Gambling (NCIS) added an interesting statistic that kids who don’t experience casino style games during their formative years are 75% more likely to develop problematic gambling habits when introduced to gambling later in life.  Being exposed early in life provides the developing child with the ability to deal with gambling later in life, for example using a casino online.  The UK Shadow Secretary of Education, Stephen Twigg, stressed that such areas of education can not be left to fate; it is the job of the education system to equip children with the tools necessary and to provide them with good advice.

When describing what would actually take place in the classroom, Gamcare suggested that the children discuss both the negative and positive aspects of regular and online casino gambling.  They also added that tangential topics such as informed consumption, proper money management, risk managing, health decision making, and other important life skills can be discussed and developed in the classes. 

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