You might think your teens are too young to even think about gambling. But kids are exposed to gambling images every day: on TV, on the web, in person at the corner store.
It’s a good idea to raise the issue of gambling before it becomes a problem.
Many teens are already gambling – it may just be a bet on a hockey game or a card game but if they’re not careful, it could become serious.
Young people between the ages of 18 and 24 have the highest proportion of gambling problems.”
Your teens need to know that gambling is not a way to make money. Tell them that problem gambling could lead to:
- a significant loss of money
- mounting debts
- the destruction of a career
- the loss of friends or family
Here’s how to start the conversation.
Look for a way to raise the topic naturally – for example, after seeing a commercial about gambling. Learn about your teen’s feelings about gambling before you offer information. Remember, it may take a few discussions before your child understands the message you want to give. But keep the lines of communication open. They will hear you even if you don’t think they’re listening.