GambleAware has continued to grow its industry partnerships after agreeing to work alongside digital family life specialists Parent Zone to deliver educational programmes surrounding online gaming and its impact upon children.
As part of the new partnership, GambleAware will offer advice to parents on how to ensure that their children remain safe online, as well as a short, detailed animation which will offer advice on how to reduce the risks of online gaming.
Dr Jane Rigbye, Director of Education at GambleAware commented on the new partnership: “More and more children are being exposed to gambling like activity and it is increasingly important that parents are aware of the risks of gambling and talk to their children about it.
“We’re really pleased to be able to work with Parent Zone to help educate parents about the gambling-like activity that their kids might be exposed to and make sure they know about the existing help and support that is available.”
The short animation is hoped to deliver quick and accessible information, while a second film that is due to be launched will give families more detailed advice on what they can do to reduce the risks.
Alongside the films, an online quiz and glossary give parents and carers the chance to explore the topic further so that they help their children to stay in control.
Vicki Shotbolt, Founder and CEO of Parent Zone says “Gaming is an important, and fun, part of many families’ lives. But lots of parents do not know about the gambling-like features that are in games – and the risks these can lead to.
“We want parents to ask what games their children are playing, check that they are happy with what they are doing in those games and know what their children are spending money on.”
Earlier this week, the industry charity secured a new partnership with the Football Supporters’ Association to find out whether football clubs are offering sufficient education regarding the risks of gambling.