Gambling Among Teens


Gambling is now more common among teenagers than drinking, smoking or taking drugs, a report has found. The Gambling Commission says that 450,000 children aged between 11 and 16, equivalent to one in every seven, are taking part in some form of gambling. Researchers found children were increasingly making wagers with friends at school or gambling online at home. More than 70,000 teenagers are classed as problem gamblers, with 55,000 more at risk of becoming addicted. Parents and teachers were urged to warn their children about the risks of gambling in the same way they would about smoking, drinking and taking drugs. But only one in five children said their parents had done so. Tim Miller, the executive director of the Gambling Commission, said: “Parents must have this conversation as they would with other areas of [...]