Friday 29 March, 2019
Twelve Victorian schools will take part in a pilot program aimed at addressing the risk to the wellbeing of young people as the online gaming and gambling words converge.
Launching the pilot today at Keilor Downs Secondary College, Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz noted that gambling is becoming normalised in cyber places, including social media, and infiltrating young people’s lives.
Gaming: Keep calm and continue parenting is a workshop co-designed by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, and will be targeted to parents of children aged 12–17 years to provide them with the knowledge and skills to help their kids navigate the online gaming world in a positive way.
The program has been carefully designed to help parents understand the new gaming environment and vocabulary, the safeguards that can be put in place to minimise the risk of excessive gaming, in-game bullying and exposure to gambling content.
Development of the workshop was informed by a VRGF-commissioned literature review of the latest research available on gaming and the broader online environment, which cited:
- a 2018 review of 22 popular video games available in Australia of which six met the criteria for gambling and allowed players to cash out winnings for real money
- data that showed 81 per cent of kids in Australia aged 8-–17 years had played an online game in the 12 months prior to June 2017
- 2017 data that shows that 34 per cent of Australian young people made in-game purchases in the past 12-month period while playing online games
- a 2017 German study that found young people who made in-game purchases were at greater risk of problematic gambling
- preliminary research that supports the notion that simulated gambling in adolescence increases the risk of monetary gambling in adulthood.
The pilot workshops will be run in the following 12 Victorian schools with the hope of expanding the program if it is successful:
o Boort District P–12 School
o East Loddon P–12 College
o Jackson School, St Albans
o Keilor Downs Secondary College
o Marian College, Sunshine West
o St Peter’s College, Cranbourne
o Keysborough College (Banksia Campus)
o Sunbury College
o Cranbourne East Secondary College
o Trinity College, Colac
o Doncaster College, Doncaster
o Salesian College, Chadstone
Quote attributable to Mark Gepp MP, State Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“The new world of online gaming may seem foreign to many Victorian parents. These workshops will be a great resource for parents to ensure that they can protect their children from harm.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz
“The evidence base is building about the crossover between gaming and gambling, and the effect this may have on young people, which makes practical solutions like equipping parents to help their kids have a positive gaming experience a necessity.”