Parents now realize if their teenager develops a compulsive gambling addiction their future course of action and time involvement is unknown. This isn’t something that is here today and gone tomorrow.
Compulsive teenagers with a gambling addiction have one or more of the following in common:
1. School grades drop
2. Social development decreases
3. Low self esteem
4. Self destructive behavior
5. Asking you why this happened to them?
6. Thinking suicide is the only way out.
8. Pawning personal possessions
9. Negative Attitude
10. Cutting School
11. Disappearing for long periods of time
12. Blaming the parent because they gamble too.
13. Working a part time job to pay off debts
14. Stopped after school activities
15. Watched poker tournaments on cable and television
16. I tried to stop but I couldn’t
Parents have been forced to educate themselves on the above when confronted with their teenager’s gambling addiction. From there they try to find answers instead they have more questions. They are not looking to point the finger but really to get help for their child. They also would like to help prevent another parent from having to deal with this addiction.
The following questions were raised by parents regarding the local school gambling event:
1. Has the school systems educated themselves to guarantee that gambling is equal to arts and crafts?
2. If one student develops a gambling addiction will the school system compensate the family for the negative affects on their teenager?
3. Will the school system cover all medical expenses if needed?
4. Should the post prom committee be legally responsible if just one student becomes addicted to gambling?
5. What does the law state?
6. What’s happening to our children’s future?
7. How I can tell my kid he can’t go when all his friends are going?
8. Is there something wrong with me, because I disagree with the school system?
9. How can I write a letter to the school board when my son may find out it was me objecting to the gambling event?
As a parent when you find out it’s your child who has the gambling addiction, what are you going to do? From a majority of the emails I receive, parents question and ask. “How did this happen to my teenager? I am a good parent.”
Just as you have to take the time to talk to your children about, protective sex, drugs and alcohol you now have to explain the effects of gambling.
Teenagers who grow up in a house where their parents are active gamblers are more likely to gamble too. A school event puts a stamp of approval on gambling.
Parents have asked for statistical proof that the upcoming post prom gambling party will have a negative effect on their teenagers. I gave the parent specific examples of real situations. This was not sufficient for the prom committee. They wanted to know what percentage? And how many students will be negatively affected by this event?
I haven’t been in high school for twenty years. I am amazed by the current events in our school systems.
The following was never heard of when I was in high school:
1. Teenage gambling addiction
2. Gambling at the post prom party
3. Teachers sleeping with students
4. Students shooting students on school grounds
5. Gambling on school grounds before and after class
6. Teenagers addicted to the Computer
7. Teenagers addicted to video games
8. Protective Sex
Before I wrote this article I had fewer questions. The more you look into this subject matter more questions come up. Should gambling in schools be eliminated if the local law states no one under eighteen can gamble?
Gambling is the wagering or betting of money on games of chance. Even though most people believe it’s a form of recreation, it can become a psychologically addictive and harmful behavior in some people.
It’s very hard to track a teenager who has a gambling addiction. Once they graduate high school they are on their own start their life
If a teenager develops a gambling problem, in a majority bandarq of these situations parents are not going to openly admit their child has a gambling addiction. Once again we have limited statistics.
For the past few years teenage gambling has been increasing at an exponential rate. The increase in gambling can be contributed to family members who gamble, multiple television programs like poker tournaments and skillful advertising from the gambling establishments. It’s becoming an epidemic among our teenagers with no real solution being presented to the educators of our schools systems.
The new stream of commercials related to stop gambling has had very little affect. The commercials are geared towards helping people stop gambling but are not geared towards the individuals who have not experienced gambling at this point in time. The stop gambling commercials have not been able to reach the teenager with a compulsive gambling addiction. They however may reach the parents who may realize their child has a problem.
The only way to help our youth is to educate them in the classroom and at home. I remember years ago in health class they educated us on smoking and drinking. This was very effective on those individuals who never started. But the ones that were already addicted the educational programs were unable to reach them.
There following educational curriculums will be available to ship by August 2005 in order to give teachers the proper resource tools to deal with this growing problem:
a) Helpful Resources for identifying teenagers who may have a compulsive gambling addiction.
b) Helping Teenagers identify their compulsive gambling addiction
c) Educating teenagers on compulsive gambling addiction. This one is my favorite because this has the best opportunity to prevent a teenager from gambling, helping teenagers identify the signs of compulsive gambling addiction and if the teenager has a problem with gambling.
d) Giving Teenagers the tools to identify others who may have a gambling addiction like their parents. This one has to be handled sensitively. I have received numerous emails from teenagers who did not know where to go, who to talk to in order to help a family member.
e) Educating Teenagers on the resources available to get help by giving them the local stop gambling telephone numbers and helpful stop gambling websites.
f) Understanding Compulsive Gambling Addiction
g) Practical exercises for teenagers with addictions to learn about self esteem, trust and more.
The above educational curriculums are to be used as a guide for professionals who want to educate the teenage population. The curriculums were based on real life situations. It’s their goal to reach these students at the age where gambling is most likely to affect their future and to help teenagers who have a compulsive gambling addiction.
More educational information can be found at the website [Teenagers that have been negatively affected by compulsive gambling addiction exhibit signs of self destructive behavior and an apathetic view towards school. By noticing the warning signs early, helps a teenager’s recovery to accelerate.
Our future is in our children. By giving them a good education and family foundation we will help them to survive in this world.