Are your children aware of the risks of online gaming and gambling?

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28 Jan 2019

YGAM is a registered charity with the social purpose to inform, educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling and social gaming.

We help children make informed choices through better understanding of gambling and gaming and the potential risks.

Free workshops

YGAM helps schools, colleges and youth organisations equip young people to make smart choices and understand the potential harm of online gaming and gambling.

We do this by providing free, one-day workshops to teachers, youth and mental health workers, and community volunteers to enable them to deliver the YGAM harm-prevention programme back in their own setting.

Log on to our website at www.YGAM.org to view the list of upcoming workshops held regularly in central London and sign up to attend a free workshop and gain access to over 50 resources.

The YGAM programme provides free training and highly interactive, multi-disciplinary 2 and 10-hour lesson plans and resources. These have been developed closely with the PSHE Association. YGAM deliver the first accredited and quality assured gambling awareness education programme, awarded the PSHE Association quality mark and accredited by ASDAN, the Ofqual awarded body.

Contact

If you would like to discuss any of the information, or arrange for an inset at your school, please contact
Email: rebecca@ygam.org or
Tel: 07944 44 7751.

Background: Young people and gambling

While many people enjoy gambling as a social activity, for some it can become a life-changing addiction leading to mental health issues, financial worries and potentially heart-breaking situations. At the end of last year research by The Gambling Commission found that 450,000 (14%) of under 16's had gambled in the past week, using either their pocket money or finacing themselves via their parents. Of these children, 55,000 are reported to be problem gamblers. These numbers are set to rise as young people continue to have immediate access to gambling-style games and betting on their mobiles and tablets.

We have all become increasingly aware of the rise in advertsing from the betting industry and in particular from sports events such as football. We have also seen a rapid rise in the number of betting shops in the high street, all of which contributes to the normalisation of betting. This intensive exposure could be the trigger to a life time of gambling.

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Last updated: 29 Jan 2019

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