Free Classroom Resources To Educate Kids About Gambling

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Free classroom resources

Books stackedYou can access materials focusing on gambling prevention designed especially for kids who are still at school. Equip students to make sensible choices.

We can help you open the conversation with young people in your classroom with a range of free materials that have been produced with education professionals.

Research shows discussing gambling harm in schools is a powerful tool

In 2020, we commissioned a literature review and teacher survey to see how gambling harm prevention could be implemented in NSW schools.*

  • Teachers are important for any school-based prevention program.
  • School programs which include a parent element are more likely to be successful.
  • School-based programs are more likely to lead to knowledge, awareness and attitude change than behaviour change.
  • Any program should look at the convergence of gaming and gambling.

These are all things to consider for your own school’s program.

* Elliott B and Le Guyader F (2020) Office Of Responsible Gambling Whole School Approach Literature Review, IPSOS. Commissioned by the NSW Responsible Gambling Fund.

Talking With Teens About Gambling

Through 11 bite-size videos you can share in the classroom, young people talk about how they feel about gambling and the increase in gambling advertising. They offer some pretty savvy insights to get the conversation going with your students.

Kirsten Shannon, GambleAware counsellor and Clinical Manager of the University of Sydney Gambling Clinic, sits down with students from Narara Valley High School. We get to know what they think about underage gambling, the impact of gambling ads, and what they find appealing – and appalling.

How did these kids respond to a gambling ad? We asked them, “How do gambling ads make you look and feel good?”

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Who do they think gambling ads “flirt” with the most. In other words, which demographic are they most interested in appealing to? Who’s the target?

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What did they think about the number of sports betting ads that air during sporting matches on TV?

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Why do you think betting agencies might use celebrities and sports stars to promote their brands?

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Go ahead and guesstimate: how many people betting on sport actually make a profit over 12 months.

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Go ahead and guesstimate: how many people betting on sport actually make a profit over 12 months.

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Once you know the real odds, how might it change the way you see gambling ads?

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Get the lowdown on scratchies – how much do you think you have to spend to win?

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How do young people feel about gambling ads appearing on their phones every day?

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When it comes to gambling, does skill have much to do with it? Or is it all about chance?

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So what are the odds of winning big on the pokies? Are they as good as you think?

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NSW’s latest research on gambling and young people

If kids are up for a deeper discussion, you might want to share the NSW Youth Gambling Study 2020.

Do they see themselves represented in it? You can access the full 279-page report or a 15-page summary if you prefer, and infographic snapshots you could use as handouts.

Life Ready

GambleAware supported the Department of Education to develop four gambling related resources for the Life Ready course. This supports year 11 and 12 students to prepare for life after school. The four resources can be found under the Drugs and alcohol- teacher delivery section.

Kid-friendly support services

Even if they don’t approach you directly, some of your students might need someone to talk to confidentially about gambling-related issues – for themselves, a friend or a family member. Make sure they know there’s a range of kid-friendly online, over-the-phone and face-to-face resources where they can get the support they need.

Check out services especially for young people

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