According to the survey, every 8th Canadian teenager has played a slot machine, online poker or bingo on their device at least once in the last three months. CAMH interviewed over 10,000 teenagers aged 13 to 19 from three Canadian provinces. 12% of those surveyed said they have recently played online games at social casinos on Facebook or other sites.
According to Dr. Tara Elton-Marshall, in the future, these young people are more likely than others to become regular customers of land-based casinos and virtual gambling establishments. No wonder, as the online casino market is developing. Nowadays, online gambling platforms offer thousands of casino games and huge bonuses for clients of different ages. Australian players point out Woo Casino as one of the best establishments providing such a kind of entertainment.
There is a potential problem with free play coin games. The winnings in such slot machines, table and card games are much more frequent than in virtual gambling for real money. This can create a deceptive impression among children that online casinos can easily win back a bet and get additional rewards.
The Center for Addiction and Mental Health is Canada’s largest organization dedicated to mental health and addiction. CAMH conducts scientific research, develops educational programs aimed at promoting mental health and provides clinical care for people with addictions of various kinds.
According to the Study, 48% of Teens Are Related to Online Casinos
Gugi Beselia is a founder of the non-governmental organization Center for Research on Gambling and Prevention of Gambling Addiction. The organization held a series of meetings in Tbilisi schools in order to prevent gambling addiction, at which the consequences of gambling were considered.
According to Beselia, in parallel with the meetings, the organization conducted a survey in ten metropolitan schools.
- Up to 500 students took part. The study found that 48% of teens are gambling.
- During the study, students from grades 9 to 12 were interviewed, in the age group from 14 to 18 years old.
As Beselia noted, the goal of the NGO is to convey the results of the research to government departments in order to limit the marketing campaign of the casinos as much as possible.
“If you study a group of teenage gamblers between the ages of 15 and 18, their statistics grow significantly and reach 59%. The main goal of the study was to find out what kind of gambling school students play and through what advertising channels they receive information about online games. Most teenagers play board games (52%), followed by slots and poker.” Guga Beselia said.
- With regard to gender balance, the survey interviewed 55% of boys and 45% of girls.
- As for adolescents who gamble, 56% are boys and 44% are girls.
The survey was conducted using an anonymous questionnaire; the adolescents did not identify their identity during the research process.