Internet gambling increasing in teenagers: Study

Canada: The online gambling landscape is rapidly changing and teenagers are now more prone to online gambling as per a research. A lot of youngsters now-a-days are gambling in unregulated methodologies like pool or dare. This was reported by Tara Elton-Marshall, scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Canada.

The earlier the youngsters start gambling the more, the more it will be an issue for the teenager later on. As stated in the BMC Public Health journal a research was conducted on 10,035 candidates aged 13 to 19 in grades 9 to 12. These students had completed 2012 and 2013 in Youth Gambling Survey in the schools of Saskatchewan, Ontario, Labrador, Newfoundland.

10 percent of the Canadian school students had gambled online at some point of time, however they were not of eligible age for gambling at all. Band, team sport events and other group activities were missed due to gambling and betting and this gave rise to severe issues in mindset and attitude for the students.

The popular gambling activities were poker as well as black jack (9 percent), instant-win, scratch tickets (14 percent), pool or darts (12 percent), dare or challenge (22 percent). All these activities had long term impacts on the minds of the youngsters and it is required that they shold be stopped by students with immediate effect.

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