Unfortunately, the answer is yes. We're all surrounded by gambling these days, from state-supported lotteries to online gambling sites.
But, young people can learn how to make smart decisions about gambling—and can learn to recognize problem gambling in their friends.
That's why FoolProof developed an online lesson (a "module" as we call it) on gambling. Without preaching, it teaches young people how to make wise decisions when it comes to gambling, and how to recognize problems in themselves and others, when it comes to gambling.
The module—as with all FoolProof programs—is free for all users. It contains no advertisements, either. Our programs are underwritten by credit unions across America.
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"As legalized gambling expands across the country it is more important than ever to prevent kids from developing gambling problems. School-based financial literacy programs are important and effective ways to help students make good decisions. FoolProof's module on gambling is an important way to help young people make good decisions concerning gambling."
~ Keith Whyte,
The National Council on Problem Gambling
FoolProof is the only financial literacy program in the United States endorsed by both the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the Consumer Federation of America.
From those resources, here are three important Pdfs aimed at parents and teachers:
The NCPG, in partnership with the National Endowment for Financial Education, has developed a Guide for Treatment Professionals (pdf).
The NCPG also offers informative Pdfs concerning vulnerable populations. Different groups of people are more vulnerable to gambling problems than others. The following provides statistics, risk factors and other information for these groups:
The International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-risk Behaviors, located in Canada, is considered a world authority on the issues of youth and addiction. The Centre has many valuable resources for parents, including the following:
The Centre also has valuable resources for young people, including the following topics: