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Did you know that in many communities the rates of problem gambling among youth are higher than those reported by adults?
Youth problem gambling is correlated with other addictive behaviours (smoking, drinking, drug use/abuse), and with emotional problems such as psychological distress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and increased risk for suicide.
Youth that may be experiencing significant events in their lives such as feeling lonely, being bullied, social and/or cultural isolation and prejudice, or dealing with parental divorce can also be at risk.
Many studies identify adolescent problem gamblers take more risks, show lower inhibition and are more impulsive than non-gamblers. These youth may be more likely to use alcohol and other substances and to experience problems with these substances. Evidence suggests that criminal or delinquent behaviour such as stealing with rates of gambling problems appears substantially elevated among incarcerated adolescents.
Internet use and online habits interact with a person’s unique makeup that determines what behaviours may become problematic over time.
Most of our youth do not go on to develop unhealthy behaviours as a result of web connections. For those who do, it’s important that they be assessed by health-care professionals.
Internet use becomes a problem when it begins to cause a decline in terms of what healthy adolescents are expected to achieve, such as maintaining grades, school attendance, participating in family life and keeping up friendships outside of cyberspace.
Steps parents can take to intervene early and help prevent problems from growing include: