Problem Gambling Prevention

Talk with Your Children About Gambling!

Today, gambling is more accessible than ever. It is portrayed in television and other media as an exciting way to make easy money. However, gambling can lead to serious problems.

Children need to understand that gambling can easily get out of control and lead to serious losses,including money, possessions, educational opportunities, trust, and respect from family and friends.

Studies show that the earlier a child engages in risky behaviors, the greater the likelihood those behaviors will become problematic.

Youth Exposure to Gambling

Youth are exposed to gambling images almost every day. Atany time on the internet, opportunities for mobile gambling and sports betting can pop up. Walking into a grocery store exposes young people to lottery tickets, and many video games offer in-game gambling opportunities. It’s best to communicate early and clearly about the risks of gambling.

What Are the Warning Signs of Problem Gambling?

  • Low mood or feelings of anxiety (Adolescents have reported gambling to escape worries or frustration.)
  • Lying, cheating,and/or stealing
  • Unexplained absences from school and/or work
  • Intense interest in gambling conversations
  • Using gambling lingo
  • Interrupting time spent with family or friends because of gambling

What Can Parents Do?

Research shows that parents can make a big difference in how their children respond to risky activities such as gambling.

Here are a few ways to guide your children away from risky behaviors:

  • Start early. Talk with your kids now about gambling and other risky behaviors.
  • Listen. Let them know that they can come to you and you will listen.
  • Educate yourself and your kids. Know what behavior is normal. Establish family rules and enforce them.
  • Monitor your children’s activities. Know where they are and with whom.
  • Be involved. Help your child develop coping skills.
  • Be a good role model. Demonstrate the behavior that you want your children to learn.

If you have questions or need help working with someone who gambles, please contact us for more information!

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