Problem Gambling

Bid to rein in child betting games on net

Posted on January 14, 2018 by admin

The children’s commissioner is demanding a crackdown on online games that simulate betting amid fears that they will hook the next generation of problem gamblers.

Anne Longfield says the games, widely available on smartphones and tablets, encourage the “worst kinds of addictive behaviour” by introducing young people to the excitement and rewards of gambling even when they are not playing with real money.

Read the full story in The Times.

Shocking cost of social harm from gambling revealed with Glasgow on £35m slot machine loser

Posted on January 14, 2018 by admin

Glasgow is the UK city worst-affected by high-stakes slot machines, a new report has revealed.

Addiction to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) costs the UK about £1.5billion in punters’ health issues, financial difficulties, relationship problems and crime, according to the study.

Read the full story in The Scottish Daily Record.

FOBT supplier behind gambling apps on Facebook accessible to children

Posted on January 4, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling comments on a news story about gambling type apps appearing on social media, which raised concerns that children are being exposed to ‘a risk of addiction’. (more…)

Gambling-style Facebook apps used by young

Posted on December 28, 2017 by admin

Gambling-style apps which target young people are being offered on Facebook without any checks on age.

Read the full story in The Times.

Gambling-style apps offered on Facebook without age checks

Posted on December 27, 2017 by admin

The company behind thousands of the UK’s fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) is offering gambling-style apps on Facebook without age checks, prompting allegations that children are being exposed to the risk of addiction.

Earlier this month, the industry watchdog warned that more than 60,000 children were either gambling addicts or were in danger of becoming hooked. Experts have warned that games mimicking real-life gambling are the “number one risk factor” for developing a problem later in life.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

The Guardian view on teenage gambling: staking on dopamine

Posted on December 17, 2017 by admin

The worlds of late childhood and early adolescence are absorbing, often overwhelming, and at best partially accessible to the adults orbiting them. So it is shocking, but not perhaps surprising, to discover that around 25,000 11-to-16-year-olds are problem gamblers according to new research. Another 36,000 are at risk of developing a problem.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Half a million children and young people are online gambling every week, according to new survey

Posted on December 13, 2017 by admin

Over 300,000 children and young people are gambling every week through online games, a new survey has revealed.

Technology is providing children with the opportunity to experience gambling through free-to-play casino games, social media or within some computer games.

Read the full story in the Evening Standard.

Blanket advertising is turning our children into gambling addicts

Posted on December 12, 2017 by admin

Hearing from the Gambling Commission that 61,000 11-to-16 year olds in Britain have a gambling addiction, or are at risk of developing one, should shock us – but it shouldn’t surprise us. Britain is the only country in the world that lets children gamble on low-stake machines at seaside amusement arcades.

Read the full story on i News.

Skin betting: ‘Children as young as 11 introduced to gambling’

Posted on December 12, 2017 by admin

Thousands of children and young people are losing money on websites which allow them to trade virtual items, gambling experts have warned.

The Gambling Commission’s annual report has, for the first time, looked at the problem of so-called “skin betting”.

Read the full story on BBC News.

25,000 children in Britain are problem gamblers, report finds

Posted on December 12, 2017 by admin

About 25,000 children between 11 and 16 are problem gamblers, with many learning to bet via computer games and social media, according to a report that has prompted warnings that the UK is “sleepwalking into a future public health storm”.

In its annual survey of youth gambling, the industry regulator the Gambling Commission voiced fears that children were gambling in a “consequence-free environment”, including through so-called “skins” betting on video games.

Read the full story in The Guardian.