Info for Teachers About Youth Gambling

| February 5, 2013

Have you heard any of your students talking about cards, sports bets, or online poker?

Maybe you haven’t heard much about it, or don’t even know it’s a problem. With the increasing availability, accessibility, and acceptability of gambling, more young people are gambling than ever. What may seem like harmless fun can actually develop into a serious problem for some people.

As educators, you play an important role in the prevention of problem behaviors among young people.

Three key points you need to know about youth gambling:

  1. Gambling is not a safe alternative to alcohol or drug use.  Many people think that poker cards among friends is totally safe because young people are not drinking or smoking. The truth is, while most people don’t have problems when they gamble, more young people are developing problems with gambling. Consequences of problem gambling include more than lost money. Depression, social withdrawal, and school dropout are just a few of the consequences of a gambling problem.
  2. Many teens already have gambling problems.  It may only be a harmless bet of a dollar or two, but it can become a lot more serious. An Oregon study showed six percent of Oregon teens are at risk or have a gambling problem.
  3. Teens are only a few years away from being adults who can gamble legally.  Honest education about gambling is important to preparing young people to make responsible choices.

Source: Oregon DHS

Can we help?

Problem gambling prevention efforts are meant to supplement your current classroom activities–not to add more work for you. Our material is in alignment with Oregon Health Education Standards, Promotion of Mental, Social and Emotional Health(benchmarks: Accessing Information, Analyzing Influences, Decision Making).

Oregon Health Education Standard - gambling

Some resources we can offer you:

  • In-class interactive, informative, and fun workshops:
    • Educate youth on responsible, healthy choices
    • Help youth recognize the difference between responsible and problem gambling
    • Provide resources for which youth can seek help for family or friends who might have a gambling problem
  • Adding an easy plug-in component to your existing alcohol, tobacco, or other drug curriculum
  • Presentations to educators, administrators, and parent groups
  • Art contests (visit the poster gallery)
  • Youth video — great supplement, only eight minutes long (view the video here)
  • Student incentives
  • And more–contact us!

Category: Problem Gambling

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