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Is Your Child At Risk of a Gambling Disorder?

Right now, there are youth across Ohio who are living with a gambling disorder. And they are likely exposed through everyday activities like video games, fantasy sports, or card games. Get the facts today so you can make informed decisions with the child in your life.

Get In The Know

The following statistics are from recent Ohio surveys.

68% of middle school students spent three or more hours per day on screen time, not counting time doing school work.
41% of 8th graders have spent money to buy a mystery box.
22% of youth haven’t been honest with people about how much they gamble.
41% of 8th graders spent money to buy a video game upgrade.
15% of teenagers gambled money or personal items within the last year.
41% of youth said their parents never limit electronic usage. 

It’s Not All Fun and Games

There are real consequences for youth who engage in betting. They are more likely to:

  • Neglect their studies or part-time jobs
  • Lose money they need for school materials or meals
  • Increased risk for substance use and abuse
  • Increased risk for delinquency and crime
  • May end up with damaged relationships
  • Emotional stress and depression can build in 
children and teens

Who's at Risk?

With peer pressure and fitting in being top of mind in adolescence, teenagers are more likely to engage in risky behaviors like betting. 
Young Children
Gaming apps designed to mimic gambling activities are being targeted towards children as young as two.
College Students
The popularization of sports betting on campuses, combined with newfound independence, puts college students at a higher risk than ever before.

You Can Prevent Youth Gambling

Our resources and support prepare you to have the conversation with confidence.

For Parents

Now is the time to start a conversation about youth gambling.

For Educators

Know the signs of youth gambling in students.

For Professionals

Access resources to stay in the know on youth gambling.