Training for Educators
If you are working with kids of any age, it is imperative that you are aware of the risks for kids who are involved in gambling activities. Often times as educators or program directors we might even inadvertently expose kids to gambling activities through fundraising events such as casino night, cards games or sports pools. If this rings a bell, it’s time to get educated!
Whether it’s a pre-teen or a college student, youth are at a much higher risk for developing a gambling problem. Not only are their brains primed for gambling activities, but they are also historically not great at decision-making. The last part of our brain to develop is the prefrontal cortex. This is the area of our brain responsible for decision-making. Youth don’t have what they call the “seat of second thought.” When faced with a decision, they choose the option that appeals the most to them, instead of the option that may be the healthiest for them in the long run. Our brains do not really figure out how logically make decisions until about the age of 25.
Check out our general problem gambling and prevention-focused trainings below to learn more about this issue and how you can play an active role in keep our kids safe and healthy!