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You should talk to your children about gambling

Posted at 11:07 PM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-23 01:29:43-05

CINCINNATI -- High schools and public organizations invest millions each year in deterring teenage drinking and drug use, but another addiction goes largely unaddressed: Gambling. 

Around 5 percent of Americans between the ages of 12 and 17 have a gambling problem, according to the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems, and many more -- around 70 percent -- report having gambled for money during the past year.

Teenagers aren't typically allowed in casinos and other traditional gambling establishments, but the rise of online gambling means anyone with a smartphone and a credit card can place bets on races, athletic events and more at any hour of the day.

"Not only are (teens) exposed to gambling earlier in age, but you can go on Youtube to just find out how to gamble," addiction specialist Kimberly Youngblood said.

To parents, Youngblood recommended keeping a close eye on their children's internet activity and discussing gambling alongside other addiction issues.

"Pay attention to what they are looking at," she said.