What should parents do?

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Parents | What should parents do?

As a parent, you can...

  • Inform yourself about the risks associated with gambling activities.
  • Limit your own gambling participation, as you are an important role model for your child.
  • Explain why the risk of gambling is greater for teens than for adults.
  • Explain to your child the difference between responsible gambling and excessive and risky gambling.
  • Clearly state your position on gambling participation by teenagers.
  • Discuss rules and expectations and follow through with consequences.
  • Do not offer any lottery products to your children or teenagers as gifts or rewards.
  • Listen to what your child has to say about gambling and encourage discussion.
  • Notice any unusual changes in your child's behaviour.
  • Be aware of their Internet use.