DontBetYet – Problem Gambling Information for Kids
Problem gambling, or even the activity of gambling, is not something that a lot of parents think to talk to their kids about like they would alcohol, drugs, and other risky behaviors. A lot of parents we talk to say that they wouldn’t even know how to start that conversation. We’ve developed the “DontBetYet” campaign as a way to give parents tools and resources to use to start the conversation about problem gambling. DontBetYet is designed to educate kids in a way that is unique and interesting without focusing on the clinical and adult terminology often used in other literature.
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Are you or your child affected by problem gambling at home? The primary resource at DontBetYet is a short film titled Go Away Monster! The cartoon tells the story of a young boy who is experiencing the effects of his father’s gambling disorder. As he retreats from the real world into an alternate reality, he learns about gambling problems and what he can do to stay safe from gambling from an interesting array of characters. In addition to the cartoon, there are also downloadable materials available at DontBetYet. Included in those materials is a kids book, poster, worksheet and activities.
Why Should Children Learn About Problem Gambling?
It is important to use teachable moments to start the conversation. When watching a TV show that portrays gambling or when talking about going to a casino, these are great opportunities to naturally start a conversation with your child about gambling. Be very clear with your child about your feelings toward youth gambling and adult gambling. A very clear message is received when you say, “Gambling is not okay for you to do.”
It’s so important to talk to kids and help them to understand the dangers associated with gambling. We need to think about the messages we are sending to children with our behaviors and our language. It really comes down to asking ourselves, “What message am I sending?” and “Is that the message I want to send?”