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Kids With Gambling Problems Becoming More Common

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Kids With Gambling Problems Becoming More Common
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For adults playing a game of poker or a few lottery tickets may not be a problem but according to the experts if you involve a kid, it is.

Kids with gambling problems, it's more common than you realize.

Scratch offs, kids and adults enjoy them, the thrill of winning even a dollar can be exciting but for some kids, this could be the start of trouble down the road.

"With many addictions, things start out as a simple act but what happens it can skyrockets into a habit."

Signs your child is gaming:

"Things that have appeared in the house like maybe they have extra money do you don't know where that came from or things disappearing because they have to pay some gambling debt," said Linda Bellick, Prevention Council, Outreach Coordinator.

A youth who gambles may have a troubled future, gambling increases the risk of other unhealthy behaviors.

"With any other addiction they risk poverty, they risk depression, suicide, mental health issues, family issues, dropping out of school, grades dropping," Bellick said.

To help families cope with gambling problems, the NY Council on Problem Gambling has created this animation.

Teaching kids on their level, how a family can manage a gambling problem. According to the experts, it's never too late to start talking about the problems of gambling with your children.

"Just like alcohol or any other addiction, you have to talk to them about gambling responsibly and when we talk about gambling and youth, there really is no responsible gambling because is illegal until they are 18," said Jaime Costello, NYS Council on Problem Gambling Specialist.

For more information and support call 1-877-8-HOPE-NY or visit: dontbetyet.com

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