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This 17 minute video informs teachers and other school staff about key issues related to gambling and young people. Find out how you can help students become critical thinkers in an environment where gambling is being increasingly normalised.

Units of work for the classroom

Use these curriculum-based units in your planning for a variety of subject areas for Years 10 to 12. These resources have been mapped to:

  • Compulsory VCAL strands including literacy and numeracy skills and personal development Skills
  • Year 10 humanities, critical and creative thinking and social capability
  • VCE health and human development

These units have been piloted by senior high school teachers and are designed to be user friendly and flexible. All required materials are included and you are able to pick and modify tasks according to your students' needs.

  • VCAL Literacy skills (intermediate and senior)

    Potential influences

    In this unit students will critically analyse the potential influences that can shape gambling attitudes including advertising and games that simulate gambling.

    Students will:

    • become aware of potential influences shaping their gambling attitudes
    • discover that both individual and environmental factors can influence gambling attitudes and subsequent behaviours
    • develop a persuasive written text with consideration of the elements of writing for public debate.

    VCAL Literacy Skills Unit: Potential influences

    Teacher instruction video: Potential influences

    Love the game, not the odds

    In this unit students will learn how gambling is being increasingly normalised through sport which makes it harder to recognise the risks involved.

    Students will:

    • consider the growing culture of gambling in sport and how this can make it harder to recognise the serious risks involved, particularly for young people
    • understand the nature and purpose of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Love the Game Sporting Club Program and partnerships with elite sporting clubs
    • develop and present a ‘pitch’ for assessment.

    VCAL Literacy Skills Unit: Love the game, not the odds

    Teacher instruction video: Love the game, not the odds

    Note: These units were developed and piloted in partnership with Valad Solutions Pty Ltd education consultants.

  • VCAL Numeracy skills (foundation, intermediate and senior)

    Budgeting, losses and probability

    In this unit students will learn the importance of treating recreation costs like gambling as a lower priority when budgeting. Along with the limited chances of winning given gambling losses in Australia and the difficulty in predicting outcomes.

    Students will:

    • understand the importance of budgeting for effective financial management
    • recognise that the notion of luck is not a reliable strategy to predict outcomes
    • be able to create and interpret graphs and accurately calculate with whole numbers, simple fractions, decimals and percentages.

    VCAL Numeracy Unit: Budgeting, losses and probability

    This unit was developed and piloted in partnership with the Mathematical Association of Victoria.

  • VCAL Personal Development skills (intermediate and senior)

    Knowing when it's a concern

    In this unit students will learn to recognise when gambling may be becoming a concern and that seeking help is a normal and easy to do. Students will organise an activity to raise awareness of when gambling may be becoming a concern and the support services available.

    Students will:

    • learn how to recognise when gambling may be becoming a concern and the support services available
    • design and administer a survey that has a clear purpose and method
    • organise an activity that promotes awareness of when gambling may be becoming a concern and reduce stigma in approaching available support services
    • undertake their own self assessment and peer assessment and participate in a dialogue with their teacher.

    VCAL Personal Development Skills Unit: Knowing when it’s a concern

    Teacher instruction video: Knowing when it's a concern

    This unit was developed and piloted in partnership with Valad Solutions Pty Ltd education consultants.

    Knowing the score

    In this unit students will be reminded of the drivers normalising gambling, the limited chances of winning, risks involved and help services available if concerned. This unit is based on the Senior student workshop.

    Students will:

    • develop their awareness of the key messages conveyed in the senior student workshop, including how gambling is becoming more normalised, the limited chances of winning, how gambling can be risky, and the help services available if required
    • develop their communication skills by working in a group to create a publication to help young people develop healthy and informed attitudes towards gambling
    • undertake their own self assessment and peer assessment and participate in a dialogue with their teacher.

    VCAL Personal Development Skills Unit: Knowing the score

    Teacher instruction video: Knowing the score

  • Year 10 Wellbeing

    Telling gaming from gambling

    In this unit students will learn how it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between gaming and gambling and how digital games that look like gambling can be misleading.

    Students will:

    • investigate the screen time habits of their peers and their common online activities
    • consider their awareness of ‘fake’ gambling apps and identify possible cyber safety issues associated with these apps
    • understand the difficulties in differentiating between gaming and gambling
    • develop a tool which is targeted to parents to assist them to educate their children about ‘fake’ gambling apps and cyber safety concerns.

    Well-Being: Telling gaming from gambling

    Teacher instruction video: Telling gaming from gambling

    This unit was developed and piloted in partnership with Valad Solutions Pty Ltd education consultants.

  • Year 10 Humanities

    The role of regulation

    In this unit students will understand that gambling is an inherently risky activity and regulation exists to help protect Australian and Victorian citizens from gambling harm.

    Students will:

    • revise and consolidate their understanding of elements of a democratic society and freedom of choice
    • consider reasons for the regulation of gambling in Australia and draw comparisons with other risky activities which are regulated to protect citizens from harm
    • understand the role the government has in regulating gambling in Australia
    • investigate effects of gambling regulation in Australia
    • learn about how gambling is regulated in Australia and overseas.

    Humanities Unit: The role of regulation

    Teacher instruction video: The role of regulation

    Risky business

    In this unit students will understand the financial risks associated with gambling and how recognizing the limited chances of winning can be a way of protecting yourself.

    Students will:

    • understand the concept of chance and probability
    • understand the limited chances of winning money when gambling because gambling and betting agencies are businesses that exist to make a profit
    • identify some of the short and long term financial risks associated with gambling, with a greater emphasis on shorter term
    • identify strategies to minimise the financial risks associated with gambling.

    Humanities Unit: Risky business

    Teacher instruction video: Risky business

    Note: These units were developed in partnership with Valad Solutions Pty Ltd education consultants.

  • VCE Health and Human Development

    Myth busters

    In this unit students will learn how gambling can become a health issue for young people. Particularly if they hold misconceptions in relation to chance and the likelihood of winning. The unit works to dispel commonly regarded gambling myths and reduce students’ susceptibility to experiencing gambling harm.

    Students will:

    • consider gambling as a potential health issue for young people based on the individual dimensions of health
    • explore myths about gambling held by young people and identify how these may lead to gambling-related harm.

    VCE Health and Human Development Unit: Myth busters

    Teacher instruction video: Mythbusters

    This unit was developed in partnership with Valad Solutions Pty Ltd education consultants.

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