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The view from here: Australia's gambling addiction is now affecting schools

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    So every add break is full of ads for betting shops and websites and somehow its the school's fault! I suppose it is there fault the kids eat big macs and smoke as well!
  3. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    "Pupils from one Melbourne school" - hardly a national crisis!
  4. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    There is a big gambling problem in Australia and I can see it getting worse. There are umpteen clubs equipped with pokie machines where families are welcome. The children are in one part of the club while the adults play on the pokies. It seems to me that this is giving out a powerful message to young children that gambling is acceptable and all part of an evening out.
  5. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Gambling was a popular pastime at my secondary school.
    Most popular was 'Odds 'n Evens' and "Nearest the Wall'. Lots of dinner (and fag) money lost that way, but you felt like a Baron if you won a few.
  6. FelicityG92

    FelicityG92 New commenter

    The time passes and nothing changes. Not so long ago I've found out that my nephew (he's 14 y.o.) are gambling. They don't let him inside the casino, so he does it right in the schoolyard with his classmates. And I don't know what to do with this problem.
  7. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Scary article in the Guardian a couple of weeks ago.
    It's probably a small scale problem, but for a few of them the consequences will be life wrecking.
    Gambling is something a fair few youngsters play with, but I hope most grow out of.
    Does anyone have a link to any stats?
  8. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    @FelicityG92 I see from your Profile that you are in the USA, I guess that's why you use the US expression 'schoolyard'. So just curious how you came to join a UK forum for UK teachers today?

    Why do you need to do anything about this problem? Doesn't your nephew have parents?

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