The Risks of Online Gambling
Online gambling is a form of betting that can be done on a variety of games and sports events. It is generally conducted over a computer, tablet or mobile phone with an internet connection and involves the use of virtual currency such as chips and tokens. This type of gambling has become more common with the increasing availability and accessibility of smartphones, tablets and computers. It can be very addictive and lead to people spending large amounts of money, often resulting in debts and bad financial decisions. It can also affect a person’s mental health and cause them to become less engaged at school or work. It is important that we understand the risks of online gambling so that we can protect children and young people from it. This webinar, presented by broadcaster Myleene Klass and Heather Cardwell, a practising CE-OP trained online safety lead, provides an overview of the issue and how to recognise it.
Unlike physical casinos, where money is exchanged or loaded on loyalty cards, online gamblers can access sites 24/7 and enjoy unlimited play time. This may make it harder for them to monitor their spending or to set loss limits and self-exclude. Additionally, online gambling sites are more likely to target players with ads and free play offers, encouraging them to keep gambling, even after they’ve used up their free credit.
It is possible to help a loved one who has an addiction to online gambling, but it must be their decision to recover. It’s important to talk to them in a supportive way and offer to help them find treatment or recovery resources.