Tips for Helping Your Kids Avoid Online Gambling
Discuss gambling and its potential risks with your
kids. Examine your own attitudes and habits around gambling.
Remember, you are the most important role model for your
Know where your kids are going online and what
they're doing. Establish clear rules about what online games your
children can play and keep Internet-connected computers in an open
area, not in your children's bedrooms.
Take advice from the experts. The U.S. Federal Trade
Commission advises parents to convey to their kids the following
risks associated with online gambling:
can lose your money.
Online gambling operations are in business to make a profit. They
take in more money than they pay out.
can ruin a good credit rating.
Online gambling generally requires the use of a credit card. If kids
rack up debt online, they could ruin their credit rating - or their
Online gambling can be addictive.
Because Internet gambling is a solitary activity, people can gamble
uninterrupted and undetected for hours at a time. Gambling in social
isolation and using credit to gamble may be risk factors for
developing gambling problems.
Gambling is illegal for kids.
Every state prohibits gambling by minors. That's why gambling sites
don't pay out to kids and go to great lengths to verify the identity
of any winner.
Need more information about online gambling in
general? Check out this brochure from the Saskatchewan division of
the Canadian Mental Health Association.
For Internet Gambling Statistics
The results of the Annenberg Public
Policy Centerís 2005 National Annenberg Risk Survey of Youth (NAESY)
indicate that approximately 580,000 young people ages 14 to 22
gamble on the Internet on a weekly basis. Most of these young
people are under age 21.
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