The UK Gambling Commission released a report highlighting the danger that easy access to punting is having on all levels of the community.
It found the number of child problem gamblers had quadrupled in two years to more than 50,000. The report also said 70,000 kids were at risk and 450,000 children bet regularly.
Numbers are less precise in Australia, but given we are the biggest gamblers in the world, it’s not hard to imagine the extent of the problem, shares news.com.au.
One 2017 study estimated 40 per cent of kids had gambled. A researcher at Melbourne’s Deakin University predicted three children in every classroom would become a problem gambler.
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Australian children are exposed to a relentless barrage of gambling advertising on television and social media. It’s impossible to watch sport without the onslaught of betting advertisements.
It’s not just sports betting that is the danger for children.
One in 10 children aged 8-9 have a smartphone, with the number jumping to nine in 10 for the 14-17 age group. Many of them play games on the phone, some of which have features which are close to gambling.
A 2018 review of 22 popular video games available in Australia found that six games met the criteria for gambling and players could cash out winnings for real money, Daniel King from Adelaide Uni shared.
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