For the majority of people, gambling never becomes a issue but it can have serious consequences.
Questions to ask your children:
1) Do they gamble?
Under-18s aren’t permitted to gamble (with a few minor exceptions – you can check out the exact legal position ) but the growth of internet gambling via websites and programs has potentially made it easier for young people to do so. Your child may worry they will be in trouble if they admit to betting .
2) What do they like about it?
Many people are able to gamble responsibly without creating a problem. Figuring out the team to place on a bet or learning the strategy of a game can be fun. But if your child mentions searching for the’rush’ that includes placing a bet, it could be a warning sign that they are at risk for potential problems or are trying to deal with some other problem by blocking it out with the excitements of betting.
3) Whose money are they using?
When young people gamble, often it is with somebody else’s money (possibly yours!) You want to be aware that if you allow them to do this, you might be helping them to commit a crime (and be liable yourself).
Who is likely to develop a gambling problem?
Anyone can develop a gambling problem. Two factors that seem to put young people at risk of developing an issue are a history of gaming in their family and the age they started themselves to gambling. The people start, the more likely they are to experience problems later on.
Should I be worried about gambling on social networking websites and in play?
Social gaming games can teach you how to play games such as poker but it’s really important that players understand that the odds offered are usually not the same as those of gambling games; they are usually at least somewhat better. This means that you might be more likely to win on social gambling games, but could lose in games that are real. There’s absolutely no research into whether this action is a gateway to gambling for cash, yet.
What are the warning signs?
Significant interest in gaming and gambling-related actions Problems such as a loss of interest or unexplained absences, in school Changes in personality or behavior Changes in relationships (new friends and acquaintances whilst ignoring old buddies ) changes in mood Bouts of anger Displays of anxiety and anxiety Spending time and/or money gambling than intended Wanting to stop gambling or betting but thinking it hard Telling lies about winnings Having arguments with friends or family Returning to win back Missing or being late for school or work Borrowing money and being unable to pay it back