New Youth Online Gambling Prevention Challenge
Enter the HOUSE OF WISDOMS to play, learn, and win!
Challenge is open to teens 13 – 18 years of age
From November 1 to December 30, 2021.
Métis youth have a greater chance of developing a gambling problem before they reach the age of 18, than adults do beyond the age of 19. In light of this startling fact, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Gaming and Gambling Awareness Program is launching a Youth Online Gambling Prevention Challenge in partnership with the Responsible Gambling Council of Ontario.
Teens aged 13 to 18 are invited to play an interactive online game, House of Wisdoms, that helps them become aware of the risks of gambling. The short 10-minute game has three fun and challenging levels that raise awareness of:
- what you can lose if you gamble
- signs of a gambling problem
- myths about gambling
- and where to get help
You might not think your teenager has a gambling problem or has been exposed to gambling, but youth are exposed to gambling as early as 9 years old — before they are even at the legal age to gamble. Kids gamble via online loots boxes and mystery boxes through online gaming and compared to adults 18 years of age and older, youth are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop a gambling problem. While teens aren’t permitted to gamble by law, that doesn’t mean that they don’t. Almost 1 in 10 adolescents have gambled online in the past 3 months, with sports pools being the most popular type of game. Get the facts about teens and gambling so you can spot risky behaviour before it becomes a problem.
In appreciation for participating in the challenge you may be eligible for a Tim Hortons gift card ($20), $100 Best Buy Gift Cards, or a $250 Amazon Gift Card! The challenge runs from November 1 to December 30, 2021.
About the MNO Gaming & Gambling Awareness Program
The MNO Gaming & Gambling Awareness Program (GGAP) raises awareness and assists with preventing problem gambling, gaming, and problem technology use. As part of the MNO’s Community Wellbeing Branch, the GGAP offers culture-based tools, resources, staff training, assessments, supports, workshops, and activities across Ontario.
For more information, please visit www.metisgaming.com