How can I know if my teenager has problems with the game?
Look for the following warning signs:
- By finding gambling materials such as lottery tickets, betting sheets and casino tokens among your child’s stuff.
- The Child sees too many sports shows and act like almost obsessive to the result of each sport championships
- Going to casinos, despite not having the mandatory age.
- Shows excessive interest when “checking” Internet and spends lots of time on Internet
- Having unexplained debts
- He flaunts large amounts of money buying expensive items
- Absent from school, university or workplace
- Present high anxiety and very nervous
- Steal money for spend it on gambling
Any kind of game, whether by luck or skill, in which you are betting money is considered gambling. Most of them are illegal for kids under 18 years old. However, teenagers find their way to get involved in games such as:
- Cards playing or dice for money
- playing in skill games for money (an example are billiards or basketball)
- Buying lottery tickets and lucky cards (Scraping them to check the winnings prices)
- Playing casino-type websites or physical places (as slot machines or game cards)
- Placing bets on sporting events
- Online gambling
Parents what can you do?
The best model to follow for your children is you. Check your own attitude and daily habits. Is it the last dollar you have spent on lottery? How often do you go to the casino dreaming on becoming rich? Even in the event you are not doing anything wrong, you may be sending unwilling messages to your child that gambling is actually a healthy and harmless habit.
You must talk with your children about gambling. Remind them how illegal this activity is for teenagers. Share your thoughts clearly about gambling and let your children know your expectations from them. Help them develop healthy ways to not falling into gambling and acquire other better interests or activities. Do not take your children with you to the casino, even when the establishment offers a child care space, they normally do that to keep parents coming.
The right timely identification of addiction to gambling is the key to effective treatment. If you notice your child has this type of problems or any of them, there are people around your community who can help, such as pediatricians, counselors, teachers, seniors, etc.
Compulsive gambling does not differ from any other addiction. External help may be the only way for an addicted person to break such addiction. Talk about this to a pediatrician for treatment options, such as individual counseling or even family therapy, which can give the compulsive gambler the strength to quit.
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