Children, technology and gambling

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This consultation is now closed. Thankyou for your interest.

The state government is engaging the community to gain ideas and opinions about children's use of gambling-like technology, particularly social media and mobile phone apps which support this.

Gambling experts regularly raise concerns about the risks of children being exposed to gambling, with some research suggesting that problem gamblers start their habit as young as nine.

There are concerns that some social media and mobile phone games are encouraging gambling-like behaviour, and that adult gambling apps can be too easily accessed by children. Children can practice gambling through these games

About


This consultation is now closed. Thankyou for your interest.

The state government is engaging the community to gain ideas and opinions about children's use of gambling-like technology, particularly social media and mobile phone apps which support this.

Gambling experts regularly raise concerns about the risks of children being exposed to gambling, with some research suggesting that problem gamblers start their habit as young as nine.

There are concerns that some social media and mobile phone games are encouraging gambling-like behaviour, and that adult gambling apps can be too easily accessed by children. Children can practice gambling through these games because the industry is not regulated as winnings cannot be collected as cash.

Research suggests that these games familiarise children with the principles and mechanics of gambling and normalise the behaviour from an early age with children more suscepitble of developing problems with gambling than adults.

We want to hear your views about children being exposed to gambling. Have you experienced this issue, what do you think about it and what do you think some solutions may be?

Visit our online discussion forum below to have your say.