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Old 7th December 2011
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Question Teaching Kids about Gambling - Why Not ?

A major debate has erupted in the U.K. following Gamcare's statements that school children should be tought about gambling in the classroom.

Here are the relevant links...

Labour backs calls for children to be taught about gambling

Betting can never be 'responsible'. So how can anyone possibly justify gambling lessons in schools?

Only bigotry and ignorance stop us giving gambling lessons in schools

24th November
GamCare calls for responsible gambling education to be part of the school curriculum

Melanie Philips writing in the Daily Mail was strongly opposed and since the story broke it's been a topic that's also been playing on my mind.

In the end, I personally can't see a downside. After all most kids will encounter if not one, a series of betting shops and slots on their way to and from their place of learning. Mum and Dad may already have placed in their possession a device perfectly equiped to place a bet, if only of course there wasn't that pesky burden of prooving ones age when opening an account.

Bookies and mini-casinos on the high street, live Roulette and sports betting commercials every night on TV, and Scratchcards and Lottery tickets conveniently placed almost on the sweet shop counter. The fact is that gambling of some description is now almost everywhere in Britain.

That as we all know wasn't always the case.

So, after some thought It's a bit of a no brainer. There should be some instruction at least in the basic mathematics behind those tempting offers. Marketing could also be examined - why are there only smiling faces and attractive bod's in gambling related commercials ?

If you doubt that's the case check out the Forum thread.
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Go for it I say, but why stop at kids, their parents obviously need some instruction as well.
Gambling and betting aren't going away so surely there's no need to shy away from the topic ?

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