Experts say young people are at risk of developing gambling problems because they may not understand the potential harm gambling can cause and are less able to resist advertising messages.
A 2011 study estimated 85 per cent of teenagers had gambled in the previous 12 months. When you consider the legal age for gambling in Australia is 18 years, this in itself is concerning. What’s even more concerning is research suggesting one in five adults with gambling problems started gambling before they were 18.
And with an average of almost two hours of gambling advertising on television every week, it’s no wonder some young people talk about who will win a sporting match based on the odds rather than ladder position, injuries or which team has the best players.
To help raise awareness of the risks associated with gambling and to foster a culture of responsible gambling in the community, the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has developed a youth engagement strategy.
Our goal is to engage the community, young people, their parents, teachers and sporting clubs through a number of initiatives, including:
- The KidBet public awareness campaign
- A guide for parents ‘What's the big deal? Talking to teens about gambling (877kb)‘
- A responsible gambling program for sporting clubs
- An education program for schools, parents and teachers
- A youth telephone helpline
This website is full of information and resources to help you understand the risks and explore ways to tackle the topic with the young people in your life.
About the Foundation
The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation works with key groups to anticipate, minimise, and where possible, prevent gambling-related harm in Victoria. This includes health professionals, the gaming industry, government, researchers, community and sporting organisations.
We provide a range of services to people affected by gambling, and run community education campaigns to raise awareness and ensure people know where they can get help.
To find out more about the Foundation, visit responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au