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There’s nothing more important than the well-being of your child. By knowing the risks and what to
look out for, you can help prevent youth gambling. Get started learning today.

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Is This Your Child?

  • Unexplained absences
  • Sudden drop in grades
  • Less interest in extracurricular activities
  • Withdrawing from friends
  • Lunch money or valuables go missing
  • Unusual interest in sports scores or video games

What Parents Need to Know About Youth Gambling

What is Gambling?

Any act that involves risking money or valuables on the outcome of a game or contest that is mostly determined by chance.
How are Kids Doing It?
Young people spend hours playing games on computers and mobile devices. Many times, games have coins, gems, loot boxes, and skins that replicate real-life gambling situations. Other forms include lottery tickets, betting on sports, internet challenges, or card games.
What are the Consequences?

What are the Consequences?
Kids who engage in youth gambling are more likely to experience a gambling disorder as an adult. They’re also more likely to experience depression and anxiety, drink and use illegal drugs, get into fights or criminal activity, and think about suicide. 

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