It’s not always obvious, but signs that a young person has started gambling can include:
- spending time talking or thinking about gambling
- being preoccupied with simulated gambling apps and games
- focusing on the odds rather than on the game
- borrowing money from family and friends
- using your credit card in an online game
- being secretive about their activities
- having mood swings or appearing stressed
- feeling depressed, including withdrawing from friends
- skipping school or not doing as well as usual
- behaving in a way that worries you.
What you can do
If you’re a parent or have a young person in your life, talk to them about the risks of gambling, as well as the possible consequences.
Informed young people are better able to make critical decisions about if and how they participate in gambling when they become adults.
Our Gambler's Help website has information on a range of ways to support people who experience harm from gambling. Call the Gambler's Help 24/7 telephone line on 1800 858 858 for support and advice.