Facts about youth gambling

  • author:

    Jeffrey L. Derevensky
  • published in

    : 2002
  • summary

    : At McGill's International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviours, we have long argued for gambling education in the school curriculum to teach children, adolescents and parents about the potential negative consequences of excessive gambling. We have been working on a bilingual curriculum with accompanying teacher manuals and a CD-ROM educational program for our youth. Of concern is not that our mathematics textbooks are harbingers of evil, but that the glamorization of gambling might be problematic for some youth. -Between 70 and 80 per cent of kids age 9 to 17 report having gambled for money during the past year. They are gambling on card games, purchasing lottery tickets, placing sports bets (either legally through Mise-O-Jeu or bookmakers), gambling on VLTs, and older adolescents are gambling at the casinos. As parents and educators, we need to teach children about laws of probability and change their erroneous beliefs about gambling. We need to make the risks inherent in gambling more visible. Government laws prohibit children from purchasing lottery tickets, from playing VLTs and from entering the casino until they are 18. As psychologists, educators and parents, we need to understand the risks associated with gambling, the warning signs of problem gambling and to discuss this issue with our children.
  • type

    : article in journal
  • publisher

    : Southam Publications Inc.
  • is part of a publication

    : The Gazette
  • other publication details

    : pg. B.3
  • original language

    : English
  • keywords

    : gambling
  • Article entered in GambLIB database on feb. 18. 2009, 14:02
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