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Underage Gambling Becomes More Of A Problem

Kids With Gambling Problems Becoming More Common

When adults gamble a little, no one bats an eyelid. But it seems that gambling problems are starting to affect children too.

Let’s face it, there’s a thrill and an excitement when you are scratching a scratchcard, even if it means you might only win a dollar or two.

Children though are also starting to enjoy this excitement and while it may seem like harmless fun, this could be the start of something a lot more serious.
So you might be wondering how you know if your kid has a gambling problem and here are some things to look out for.

According to Linda Bellick, an Outreach Coordinator at the Prevention Council, when items start disappearing in your household because your child needs to pay a gambling debt, alarm bells should be going off.

Also, if your child has a lot of money and no explanation as to where it came from, this could also be an indication that they are gambling.

It is important to take these signs very seriously because unfortunately, gambling can cause other unhealthy behaviors such as family issues, mental health issues, depression, suicide, a decline in school attendance and grades and much more.

In their efforts to assist families in coping with gambling addiction among children, the N.Y. Council on Problem Gambling has created an animated video which is targeted at teaching kids on their level while educating the parents too.

Remember that it is never too late to start addressing gambling addiction with your kids and the bottom line is, it is not legal for them to be gambling until they reach the age of 18 anyway.

OCA News Editor