Gambling problems aren’t often visible like alcohol or drugs and can be overlooked.
Here are some signs that your teen may have a problem with gambling:
A bet on a hockey game. A friendly lunchtime card game. The purchase of a virtual lootbox. While these activities may seem harmless, they can lead to serious problems. It’s a good idea to raise the issue of gambling with your kids before it becomes a problem.
Talk about the risks posed by non-casino games, like sports betting, poker, online gambling, and gaming
Reveal the hidden signs of a problem, like hiding debts, skipping classes or work
Lead by example. Teens learn from your gambling habits. If you talk about responsible gambling and have a plan to protect yourself, they will too
Stress with your teen that gambling is not a way to make money
1. Elton-Marshall, Leatherdale, & Turner, 2016
4. Veselka et al. 2018