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Gambling Awareness to be Added to the School Curriculum

The PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) Association is working alongside GambleAware to support children and young people to understand and avoid the risks associated with gambling.

Gambling Awareness on the Curriculum:

From September this year, all schools in the United Kingdom are required to teach secondary school students about the risks associated with gambling as well as matters related to debt. Until now, gambling has rarely been included in the school curriculum. This is despite students routinely being educated about the dangers of other risky behaviours including alcohol, drugs and sex.

Gambling no longer means having to walk into a casino or a bookies to make a bet. With the majority of children owning a mobile phone by the age of 7, the temptation for youngsters to gamble via phone apps or mobile games is greater than ever. In fact, recent UK statistics have disclosed that around 55,000 children are classified as problem gamblers.

The project, funded by GambleAware aims to make youngsters aware of the risks they’re taking when gambling. It’s hoped this will encourage them to make good decisions when it comes to gambling activities as they grow older. Prevention is clearly key here as problem gambling can cause great damage to people’s lives, not to mention their friends, families and the economy.

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Teachers will be required to educate their pupils in the dangers of compulsive and irresponsible gambling behaviour. Students will be encouraged to weigh up risk and identify manipulative behaviour by gambling companies. They will also learn about managing impulses, and help others who are experiencing gambling problems.

In 2018, Demos (a cross-party think-tank) rolled out a series of four tester lessons in schools across the country, reaching 650 pupils. Of those, 41% said they had participated in gambling within the last year. Their research saw a decline in the proportion of pupils playing cards for money. They also saw a large increase in the proportion of pupils able to describe how to help someone experiencing gambling problems. It’s clear to see that this new curriculum will have a positive impact on our nation’s youngsters.

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