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6 super easy ways to communicate with your teenager
Jo Lamble, Psychologist

Do teenagers do what we say or watch what we do?
Jo Lamble, Psychologist

Managing teenagers’ online obsessions
Jo Lamble, Psychologist

Staying safe online
If you worry about your teenager's exposure to online gambling or betting advertising, there are things you can do.

The facts and figures on young people and gambling (A4 PDF)

Why doing nothing about sports betting marketing is taking a gamble with our kids
Assoc. Prof. Samantha Thomas, Hannah Pitt and Amy Bestman

Gen Bet: Has gambling gatecrashed our teens?
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation discussion paper, March 2017

Inside gambling magazine edition 6

The Foundation’s online magazine Inside gambling dedicated its 6th issue in 2017 to gambling and sport. Read it here


  • gambling advertising creates a misconception among teenagers that gambling is a normal part of sport. 1
  • exposure to gambling advertising is higher for 13 to 17-year-olds than for adults. 2
  • three to four per cent of Australian teenagers have a problem with gambling — this is equivalent to one student in every high school classroom. 3
  • one in five adults with gambling problems started gambling before they were 18. 4

It also shows that in a 12-month period:

  • two-thirds of teenagers have gambled. 3
  • up to a quarter of young people have participated in sports betting. 3


1 Thomas, SL, Pitt, H, Bestman, A, Randle, M, Daube, M & Pettigrew, S 2016, Child and parent recall of gambling sponsorship in Australian sport, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Melbourne.

2 Sproston, K, Hanley, C, Brook, K, Hing, N & Gainsbury, S 2015, Marketing of sports betting and racing, Gambling Research Australia, Melbourne.

3 Purdie, N, Matters, G, Hillman, K, Murphy, M, Ozolins, C & Millwood, P 2011, Gambling and young people in Australia, Gambling Research Australia, Melbourne.

4 Hare, S 2009, A study of gambling in Victoria – problem gambling from a public health perspective, Victorian Government Department of Justice, Melbourne.

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