Children as young as 11 are gambling for money and playing video games and apps that simulate betting – and parents are most often funding and enabling them.
About 40 per cent of NSW children aged 12 to 17 are playing video games and apps with features that look and feel like gambling, according to major research commissioned for the NSW Office of Responsible Gambling. It surveyed 551 young people and held a range of focus groups.
Although underage gambling is illegal, about 30 per cent of the young people surveyed had bet for money in the past year. The most popular gambling activity was commercial gambling such as bingo, sports betting online and off, scratchies and lottery tickets, followed by informal betting such as poker, often played at school or TAFE.