Gambling can be fun, but it can also be a problem. The problem with Gambling is that it can be Addictive.
Gambling is big business in America, the Casinos and Bookmakers concerned are willing to spend huge amounts of money on advertising Campaigns. These advertising Campaigns are not selective, they are shown to people of all ages, and all walks of life.
The problem with these adverts is that, they can cause some people to become addicted to Gambling, or just to start Gambling in the first place. Children can see these adverts, and especially teenagers quite commonly get addicted to Gambling.
Your Child may be suffering from a Gambling addiction if they:
Suffer from lower school Grades.
Don’t go out as much.
Have low self esteem.
Steal things to make money.
Selling personal belongings.
Working to pay off debt.
Watches Gambling related TV programs.
If you have noticed your Child’s school grades slipping, then the reason could be because they are addicted to Gambling. Studying requires a lot of time and effort, if they are more interested in Gambling then their studies may slip.
Gambling can be quite expensive, to fund it your Child may sell their personal belongings, steal things, or be in substantial debt. They may even have a part time job to try to get themselves out of debt.
A Child may give up many of the extra curricular activities, that their school offers in order to give themselves more time to spend on Gambling. Parents are concerned that their Children are able to Gamble so easily.
The problem with the Internet is that it makes everything so much easier and more convenient, normally this is not a problem. But it is a problem when it makes it possible for Children to access materials and services, that they would not normally be allowed to access. Porn is a prime example, and it is extremely easy for an underage Child to access Porn on the Internet.
It’s also extremely easy for them to Gamble, and they can Gamble pretty much anywhere, and at anytime. If the Parents Gamble, then it is much more likely that the Children will also start to Gamble. We learn a lot about what we consider to be acceptable from our Parents, and we all ultimately grow up to be our Parents, no matter how much we try to resist it! If you smoke, then your Children are much more likely to smoke, it’s no different with Gambling.
If a Child develops a Gambling problem, then they are unlikely to grow out of it unless they get help. It could well affect the rest of their life. We can’t use the past to decide what will happen to these Children, Gambling Addictions in Children is a fairly new problem.
Only thanks to the Internet has Gambling in Children become a problem, therefore it is only a problem that affects the current generation of Children. All we can do is help our Children to help themselves, try to educate them.