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UK Gambling Commission states that children as young as 11 are involved in online "skin betting"

0.9% of 11-16 year olds are classified as â??problemâ?? gamblers in the commission's report

UK Gambling Comission states that children as young as 11 are involved in online

UK Gambling Commission states that children as young as 11 are involved in online "skin betting"

The UK's Gambling Commission has today released a report that looks into the prevalence of gambling amongst young people aged between eleven and sixteen, detailing the gambling habits of surveyed children within Great Britain. 

One interesting factor that is outlined in this report is so-called "skin betting" where in-game items can be used as a wager to potentially win other items. In some cases, these items can be traded for real-world cash, with games like CSGO and FIFA: Ultimate Team being major examples. 

In the Gambling Commission's report, it is stated that 45% of 11-16-year-olds were aware that it is possible to bet using in-game items, with 11% claiming that they have personally bet using in-game items. In another area of this report, 0.9% of the surveyed age group were classified as "problem" gamblers, with 1.3% being seen as "at risk" of becoming one, both of which are startling statistics for children that are so young. 

Tim Miller, the Executive Director of the Gambling Commission that it is "clear" that many children are experiencing "Gambling-style" activities at a young age and that it is essential that the commission works within the industry and with parents to protect children from gambling. 

 

    We require gambling operators to have strong protections in place to prevent children from accessing their products and are actively reviewing how some, like age verification, can continue to be strengthened.

However, it is clear that many children’s experiences of gambling-style activities are coming from the playground, the games console or social media rather than the bookmaker, the casino or the gambling website. That’s why it is essential that we work across industries and with parents so that together we can protect children and encourage those that choose to gamble in adulthood to do so safely.

UK Gambling Comission states that children as young as 11 are involved in online  

In late 2016, the UK's Gambling Commission brought two YouTubers, Craig Douglas and Dylan Rigby, to court over gambling offences. The pair used FUT coins from FIFA Ultimate Team as a currency in a website called FUT Galaxy, which they owned and actively promoted on their YouTube channels to demographics which were comprised mostly of children.

Craig Douglas has now been fined £91,000, and Dylan Rigby has been fined £164,000, with neither party receiving jail time for their offences. 

What do you think of the Gambling Commission's findings? You can join the discussion on their report on the OC3D Forums

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13-12-2017, 03:08:29

demonking
FFS.... gambling "activities" in the playground.....
anyone play marbles? or Pogs?
they paint it as if there are massive poker games for serious money going on in schools and these kids are in crippling debt because of it.
Life is a god dam gamble...... god dam nanny state again.
Though I do agree, kids should not be allowed to gamble with anyone other thatn other kids and not for real currency, If these lose their pokemon cards or whatever kids are into these days, (to other kids), they learn a valuable lesson about gambling and taking care of what you haveQuote

13-12-2017, 03:14:21

Warchild
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Originally Posted by demonking View Post
FFS.... gambling "activities" in the playground.....
anyone play marbles? or Pogs?
they paint it as if there are massive poker games for serious money going on in schools and these kids are in crippling debt because of it.
Life is a god dam gamble...... god dam nanny state again.
Though I do agree, kids should not be allowed to gamble with anyone other thatn other kids and not for real currency, If these lose their pokemon cards or whatever kids are into these days, (to other kids), they learn a valuable lesson about gambling and taking care of what you have
Sadly kids now play in the biggest unsafe playground we have ever known. the internet.
Parents buy their child CS:GO and the like and it opens up into a massive skin betting world.

I think it really is an issue and not exaggerated. Perhaps you have misunderstood the severity of the whole problem?Quote

13-12-2017, 03:23:31

demonking
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Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
Sadly kids now play in the biggest unsafe playground we have ever known. the internet.
Parents buy their child CS:GO and the like and it opens up into a massive skin betting world.

I think it really is an issue and not exaggerated. Perhaps you have misunderstood the severity of the whole problem?
CSGO for instance is an 18 age rated game only intended for Adults, Parents that allow their child to access adult material should be aware what they are exposing the children to, and valve should have something in place to prevent children from accessing age related content,but agreed something needs to be done to stop kids gambling on the internet the same way they cannot legally access book makers services.Quote

13-12-2017, 03:28:46

Warchild
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Originally Posted by demonking View Post
CSGO for instance is an 18 age rated game only intended for Adults, Parents that allow their child to access adult material should be aware what they are exposing the children to, and valve should have something in place to prevent children from accessing age related content,but agreed something needs to be done to stop kids gambling on the internet the same way they cannot legally access book makers services.
"Should" is one of the most dangerous words in the dictionary. There are so many oblivious parents who aren't even aware that games have 18+ ratings.

But its not just about CS:GO, there is a huge plethora of games with micro transactions for skins and cosmetics that can be gifted away aka, auctioned on ebay or somewhere else.Quote

13-12-2017, 04:44:05

demonking
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Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
"Should" is one of the most dangerous words in the dictionary. There are so many oblivious parents who aren't even aware that games have 18+ ratings.

But its not just about CS:GO, there is a huge plethora of games with micro transactions for skins and cosmetics that can be gifted away aka, auctioned on ebay or somewhere else.
I was gob smacked on the "gambling activities in playgrounds". Its always been there, always will be, I gambled my lunch money once on who would win a race, I lost, I went hungry and i learnt. kids need to be educated about it.
On one hand, I agree that something needs to be done to stop this but on the other hand, as a parent myself, its down to parenting. Its my job to make monitor what my kids are up to and being exposed to and its my job to educate them on the concequences of their actions (gambling as an example).
I cannot stand the way this country always look to businesses and governments to blame for what kids are being exposed to, I am responsible for my kids and educating them on what is right and wrong, If my children are gambling, I haven't been monitoring them properly and i haven't been educating them properly and I am failing as a parent.
I suppose i could blame the schools, other parents, the companies and the government, that seems to be the norm these days.......Quote
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