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Talking to Kids about Gambling

Research indicates that kids look to their parents first for advice and guidance so knowing the facts about gambling and starting the conversation earlier means kids will be better prepared to make informed choices.

As a parent or concerned adult, you can’t necessarily keep kids from gambling.  But you can learn how to address the issue.  Want to talk to your kids about gambling?  Read on to learn more.

How to start the conversation:

 Use your GameSense by arming yourself with good information about how gambling works.

 Bring the conversation up naturally, like when watching poker on TV or during the announcement about the latest lottery winner.

 Pose hypothetical questions to get the conversation started. Maybe ask how they'd feel about betting, and losing one of their prized possessions.

 Let kids know your expectations about their involvement in gambling, and your reasons for them.

 Ask lots of questions and listen carefully. It's a great way to discover what they know and dispel any misconceptions.

 Talk to them about the difference between skill-based games (like video games and sports) where practice can pay off, versus gambling where the outcome is random and chance-based.

If you have specific concerns about your child or teenager, you can call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-463-1554.

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