Over the past few months Stop Gambling Sites have received numerous emails related to teenage gambling addiction. Sattamatka
With all the new programs on cable and local television, this negative exposure is affecting our youth.
I recently found out that my first cousins son lives breathes and sleeps gambling. Grades at school are dropping and his future education is now in question. You ask yourself why? How did this happen? He was an excellent student, good friends and a promising future.
I decided to give him a call and find out what’s happening in his life. He knew he was in trouble but had no where to turn. He never used drugs or alcohol. Again you ask yourself how did this happen? From something that was as innocent as watching a poker game on television to having a hundred dollar plus a week gambling problem. He had told me that the program seemed to fascinate him. It gave him a rush that he could win tons and tons of money. He wanted to buy his girl friend and parents nice things. It all seemed so innocent to him and next thing he noticed, he couldn’t win, borrowed money and now owes thousands of dollars and his life is crumbling. I asked him how he could gamble with out his parents knowing. He simply told me they were to busy to notice. He said since I made honor roll, I didn’t drink or do drugs, they had no concerns. Those were the only three things they ever cared about. They never even asked to see my report card, I always had A’s. They let me do what ever I wanted. They treated me as if I was an adult.
His response was amazing to me. I realized more education is needed for both the parents of a teenage gambler and possible parents of future teenage gamblers. The goal here is to educate all parents.
People tried to educate parents when it came to video games but parents were not receptive. These video games game parents a break from there kids. Have you noticed that no one wants to take action when it comes to the violent video games or the new poker shows on television? It’s apparent our society will have to pay the price once again. When I was a teenager there was no gambling programs on the television, Pac Man was the preferred video game and drugs was the number one topic at school.
As society changes we have to change with it. When we implement something new, we have to look at what are the consequences.
They no longer advertise cigarettes on Cable or Television, because they found out cigarettes are harmful. Everyone really knows that video games that are violent affect the mind. I tried an experiment the other day. I played video games with my nephew who is fourteen years old. Besides a couple of swollen fingers I did pretty well. The game revolved around shooting the enemy. I remember after we stopped and went outside, my mind was still in game mode. Shoot! Shoot! Shoot! I was amazed. I think all parents should play these games, you won’t allow your children to play them any more.
Now Teenage gambling addiction is similar. Continuous exposure to unrealistic expectations leads to self destructive behavior. A teen watching their parents gamble and only hears about the wins the parents have leads to a false impression that his parents win all the time.
Now that you have a teenager that has an addiction to gambling, you ask yourself what do I do. Most people figure either take him to the doctors, talk to the school counselor or have a talk and let their teen tell them it will never happen again. It appears ninety percent go with “It will never happen again”. The reason they are so willing to go with “It will never happen again” is simple, they do not want anyone to know their kid has a problem. I remember growing up and the girl next