Focus on youth and gambling

THE impact of gambling advertising and promotion on young people is being tackled with new programs and resources launched during Responsible Gambling Aware-ness Week (May 25 to 31) in the Shoalhaven and Illawarra areas.

“Parents are becoming increasingly concerned about the flood of gambling promotion young people are exposed to, whether through prime time television, the online environment or prominent sponsorships,” Mission Australia gambling counsellor Greg Isles said.

“Recent studies show that the largest six sports betting agencies spend up to $40 million each per year on promotion and a great deal of that is visible to young people.

“This year Responsible Gambling Awareness Week aims to educate young people so that they can view gambling and its promotion in an informed and thoughtful way. We’ll also be reaching out to help young people who may already be running into trouble with gambling.”

Mr Isles said the week’s activities would include: publishing a new booklet, Talking to Teens about Gambling, which will be made available free to Shoalhaven and Illawarra parents and carers and delivering interactive awareness sessions with local youth groups and organisations including Triple Care Farm and University of Wollongong. 

There will also be a display at Shoalhaven City Library and at the Bomaderry Bowling Club.