Do You Know that More Adolescents Gamble than Use Tobacco, Hard Liquor, and Marijuana?
Only 13% of parents believe their child gambles for money. The fact is, 68% of youth between the ages of 14 and 21 reported having gambled in the last year, and adolescents as young as 10 years old are 2-4 times more likely to develop a problem with gambling than adults. The earlier they start, the greater the risk.
That's why it is so important for parents to be the "game changer." Talk early and often about the risks of gambling addiction. Include gambling in your conversations with your kids about other high risk behaviors.
And use teachable moments. The next time you see or hear an advertisement for gambling, are in a store that sells lottery tickets, etc., take the time to share your expectations about underage gambling, the risks, and how gambling can become a habit.