Gambling products and promotions are visible to young people and children in many settings – the newsagency, TV, pubs and clubs, sports events, movies and the family home to name a few! It’s not surprising young people may see gambling as normal, and take an interest. Young people are known to like to take risks, be influenced by peers and behave impulsively, and when easy access to gambling is put in the mix, the risks of developing gambling problems are heightened. Commercial gambling is illegal for those under 18.
Young people under 18 are also gambling on pokies (9 per cent), race betting (28 per cent) and sports betting (21 per cent) with the assistance of family or another adult.
If you’re discussing gambling with young people let them know there are risks with gambling, and that gambling isn’t a way to make money. The odds of winning, and the house edge are strongly in favour of the gambling provider.