Young workers and teachers are shown how to help young people who have become attracted to harmful gambling habits or who gamble too much – with behaviors exacerbated during the pandemic.

The 2019 Island Youth Mental Health Census suggested that young people on the Island may be particularly vulnerable to anxiety and depression, which are often associated with harmful gambling or gambling behaviors.

It is believed to have worsened due to lockdowns from the Covid pandemic, when young people did not have the structure of school or social events or clubs to attend – leaving them more time on their cellphones and other devices.

Experts at YGAM, a gaming charity, believe the game has started to overlap because the two habits involve devices and are tricked into micro-transactions.

Both are easily accessible and involve the “excitement” of lootboxes (or virtual treasure chests).

The age ratings for gambling are lower than those for gambling, which means that children get used to the gameplay and winning mechanics at a younger age.

Another popular activity is esports, where you can bet on your team.

Kyle Riding, of YGAM, explained: “Children now have a strange perception of winning. During the pandemic, the sport was canceled but eSports continued and online sports betting exploded.

“Young people may have played and played eSports before, but usage increased during the pandemic. There are some amazing games, but there are many intersections with the real game, and there are blurry lines between. both.”

YGAM is expanding its reach to the island, as previously reported by the County Press.

Katherine Sawyer, YGAM Director of Education for the South West, said: “I recognize that the island faces many unique challenges around this topic, both geographically in terms of rural and socio-isolation. -economic.

What are the Island’s statistics on the game?

There is very little local data showing how many young people are playing.

However, the Isle of Wight Council said national data suggests that increasing exposure to online gambling advertisements and the increased use of various platforms for learning and social exchanges have contributed to an increase in gambling among young people.

Research indicates that gambling using mobile phones is the most popular medium, especially for young people, and that in-game betting and eSports betting are highest among young people, especially men.

Data from the 2019 Gambling Commission shows that 11% of 11-16 year olds spent money playing the game in the past seven days. It is recognized that increasing trends are observed in exposure to online gambling advertisements as well as problem gambling.

The Children and Youth Survey (2019) showed that 97% of secondary respondents said they received information on how to stay safe online, with 70% responding that they always follow this advice.

This was before the pandemic, with YGAM saying trends show an increase in gambling since then.

The County Press found that on the island there are no specialized local youth gambling services.

YGAM is a help and advice service which provides resources and training for the child labor force, and not a direct intervention with the young people themselves.

Scroll down for various help lines on this issue.

What signs to look out for in a person who gambles or gambles excessively?

There is a big impact on mental health and although gambling disorder was classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018, it is still a whole new recognition.

WHO defines it as a pattern of persistent or recurring gambling behavior so severe that it “takes precedence over other interests in life”.

Watch out for someone who spends too much time or money online, accumulates or hides debt issues, argues with family, and neglects personal hygiene.

Other signs are lying and concealment behaviors, and people expressing arousal and adrenaline then drop in mood.

What are the solutions ?

  • The NHS long-term plan noted gambling as a growing risk for young people and launched a gambling addiction service for young people.
  • Online safety lessons are being offered in schools, the Isle of Wight Council said.
  • YGAM workshops are funded by the British Gambling Commission and are already starting on the island, to “train the trainers”. Breakout Youth and Space4U on the Isle of Wight have already signed up and recommend them. YGAM’s free training can be booked by emailing [email protected] or visiting to learn more. There is a youth gambling prevention program and a resourceful parenting center.
  • Charities such as YGAM are reviewing legislation regarding e-sports and youth gaming transactions.
  • More transparency on the issue eliminates the stigma of gambling and gambling.

What are the problems?

  • There is not a lot of localized help for young people.
  • YGAM is a relatively small and new (six years ago) charity, trying to spread the word and increase participation in its classes.
  • The more remote location of the island means there are issues centered on isolation and rural communities.
  • Teachers and youth workers are already very busy so play / play training is another addition to their workload.
  • By their nature, drug addicts can be secretive, so it is difficult to identify and tackle the problem.
  • Pockets of poverty mean a lack of career options or incentives to try alternative hobbies.

The following national game-focused resources may be helpful:

BigDeal is part of GamCare, the organization that runs the National Gambling Helpline, and provides information, advice and support to young people between the ages of 11 and 18 who have a gambling problem or are affected by someone’s gambling. one else. On the website there is a free live chat feature that provides 1: 1, 24/7 advice and there is also a youth helpline (0203 092 6964). Outside of business hours, a young person can speak to someone at the National Gambling Helpline, which is open 24/7, on 0808 8020 133.

Island youth can access the following resources related to their general emotional well-being and mental health:

  • Kooth at where advisers are available to 11 to 25 year olds from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends, every day of the year. No referral needed.
  • Isle of Wight Youth Trust: personal, family or professional recommendations accepted via 01983 529569 or [email protected]
  • Barnardo’s Talk 2 counseling service: personal, family or work references accepted via (01983) 865657 or [email protected]

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