Gambling and Problem Gambling Across the Lifespan
This document presents key findings of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, which describes gambling activity and gambling problems among Ontario students in 2009. This survey is the longest ongoing school survey of adolescents in Canada and the second longest in North America.
Youth Making Choices: A curriculum-based gambling prevention program
This article provides background information about a 2009 study on Internet gambling among youth in Quebec.
This 2004 Ontario study by the Department of Public Health Services at the University of Toronto, examines how youth view gambling. Conclusions drawn include the need for increased public education given the lack of awareness of gambling and its consequences among youth.
Parents as Partners: Quantitative National Findings
This 2009 Canadian study, by Decode and Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky (McGill University), explores parental awareness and attitudes toward youth gambling. It was designed to generate fact-based direction for the development of communications, support materials, and services and programs that will effectively engage parents as partners in youth-centered responsible gambling awareness and problem gambling prevention.
This review was commissioned to summarize international evidence about children and young people's participation in different types of gambling activities, their motivations to gamble, the prevalence of problem gambling among children, and the harms caused to children by gambling (including in later life).
Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do
Despite the media hype and political posturing, new, federally funded research on violent video games and teenagers indicates that the politicians and even some health professionals may have it all wrong! In 2004, Drs. Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl K. Olson, co-founders and directors of the Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media, began a $1.5 million study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice on the effects of video games on young teenagers. In contrast to previous research, they studied real children and families in real situations. What they found surprised, encouraged, and sometimes disturbed them.
Youth Gambling International
This comprehensive website contains a vast amount of information on youth and problem gambling, including estimates of youth problem gambling prevalence rates in Canada, risk factors and motives, warning signs, common misconceptions, advice for parents, and a list of recommended publications.
Designed specifically for youth to increase awareness of the odds of winning and the potential dangers associated with gambling, this website also includes a definition of problem gambling, information on various types of gambling activities, and a "pick and win" game that demonstrates the unlikely odds of winning.
This animated, interactive website includes places to find information on gambling, the benefits of refraining from gambling, a glossary of gambling terminology, and a slot game demonstrating the likelihood of loss.
Be Web Aware
Developed for Canadian youth, this bilingual, public education program on internet safety includes valuable information on gambling, internet addiction, and tips for parents.
Youth and Gambling
This website contains information about problem gambling for individuals concerned about their own or someone else’s gambling. It includes a section dedicated to youth, which includes information on prevalence rates, risk factors, barriers to prevention, treatment considerations, and recommendations
Wanna Bet? Magazine
This magazine for kids concerned about gambling is available in print and online form. It Includes a regular column called "Ask Andy" where kids can ask questions about gambling problems, a call for youth artwork and original songs on gambling, and fun alternative activities to gambling.
Yellow Flag Moments
Part of Health Promotion and Protection's educational website to help youth recognize the "yellow flags" associated with a potential gambling problem, this webpage includes tips on how to take steps to prevent problem gambling and how to talk to a friend or family member about their gambling. Look for the resource page with posters and brochures available to order in both French and English.
Youth and Gambling: References and Suggested Readings
This suggested reading list is of articles and reports on youth and gambling. Titles include “Prevention of Problem Gambling: A High School and University-Based Initiative” and “Why don’t adolescent problem gamblers seek treatment?”
Issues of the Youth Gambling International quarterly newsletter are available for download here.
This presentation by researchers at the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviours explores internet gambling among youth.
The 2007 Student Drug Use Survey is the fourth time that all the Atlantic provinces have collected and analyzed standardized data on the prevalence of drug use among students.
In 2006, Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection developed Yellow Flag, an evidence-based social marketing campaign to prevent and/or reduce risk for gambling problems about young adults (19-34 years) in Nova Scotia. This report is the result of a post-campaign survey designed to assess market response to the campaign.
The Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection commissioned this research to examine gambling risk among adolescents 13 to 18 years.