Staying safe online
If you worry about your teenager's exposure to online gambling or sports betting advertising, there are things you can do.
Visit the Australian Government's Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner website for information about staying safe on the web. Find details on popular online games and social media sites and check if your teenagers can spend money on these sites.
You can block access to gambling sites using a filter such as:
Or install internet monitoring software like:
Reputable gambling sites offer self-exclusion programs where you can ban yourself (or someone else) from the site.
Australian law prohibits online casinos from offering games like roulette, poker, craps, pokies or blackjack to people in Australian. If you find a site with these games you can report it to the Australian Communication and Media Authority.
Access to money
Consider which family members have access to your credit or debit cards. Are any cards linked to accounts your children access, such as accounts for downloading music? Virtual gaming and gambling websites regularly offer purchased credits or rewards and it's not always obvious these purchases relate to real money.
You can also:
- set up alerts to come to your phone for new purchases to track your child's phone or tablet spending
- talk to young people about websites they access, only using secure sites and checking with you to ensure a site is safe
- install and regularly update a firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware software.