Risky Behaviors: Kids and Problem Gambling


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Risky Behaviors: Kids and Problem Gambling

  1. 1. What’s Wrong With These Pictures? Risky Behavior and Kids
  2. 2. What is “risky behavior”? <ul><li>Behavior that puts a person into a potentially dangerous situation </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drinking alcohol and driving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taking illegal drugs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gambling too much and too often </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is the harm for my child if I have risky behavior? <ul><li>Research has shown that children who grow up around risky behaviors are more likely to engage in those behaviors themselves </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is the harm in my child having risky behavior? <ul><li>The younger a child starts doing risky behavior, the more likely he or she is to have a problem controlling the behavior </li></ul><ul><li>This can lead to addiction as a teen or as an adult </li></ul>
  5. 5. What if “risky behavior” makes me feel better? <ul><li>Many people use alcohol, drugs, gambling and other forms of risky behavior to relieve stress </li></ul><ul><li>These behaviors can damage your health and the health of your family </li></ul>
  6. 6. Unhealthy ways to relieve stress <ul><li>Smoking </li></ul><ul><li>Drinking alcohol to relax </li></ul><ul><li>Gambling to forget your problems </li></ul><ul><li>Using drugs or pills </li></ul><ul><li>Taking out stress on others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hitting, name calling, anger </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Positive ways to relieve stress <ul><li>Go for a walk </li></ul><ul><li>Call a friend </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Write in a journal </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to music </li></ul><ul><li>Watch a funny movie </li></ul>
  8. 8. Evaluation questions <ul><li>Can you name one example of “risky behavior”? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you tell me why risky behavior is harmful to your child? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you give an example of a positive way to relieve stress? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>NOTE – the following slides are about problem gambling. They do NOT have to be used. I included them here in case you wanted any background information or wanted to use them in any way. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What is Gambling? <ul><li>Any behavior that risks money or other valuable things on the outcome of a game, contest, or any other event </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lottery tickets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sport games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Poker </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. What is “Problem Gambling”? <ul><li>Gambling that causes problems in your daily life: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Losing more money than you have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gambling (or thinking about gambling) instead of doing homework, playing with friends, or being involved in your family </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Gambling and Teens <ul><li>Gambling seen as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Normal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harmless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Being “adult” </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Special Concerns for Teens <ul><li>Gambling can lead to high-risk behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Survey of 8 th and 11 th grade students finds that students who gamble are more likely to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use alcohol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use tobacco </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carry a handgun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have violent behavior </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Teen Problem Gamblers <ul><li>Gambling at an early age leads to a higher risk of becoming a problem gambler </li></ul><ul><li>Common risk factors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Started gambling before 8 th grade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family members gamble </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Likes to gamble with friends </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Gambling Messages to Youth
  16. 16. Where Do Gambling Messages Come From? <ul><li>TV Shows and Ads </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TV Sitcoms, televised poker tournaments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online gambling sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Casino Night” fundraisers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Church </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Bingo” fundraisers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul>
  17. 17. Games Youth Play Most <ul><li>Free games on the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Cards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Texas Hold-’em </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poker </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Internet Gambling: A Casino in Every Home… <ul><li>#1 gambling activity among Oregon youth </li></ul><ul><li>Free and always available </li></ul><ul><li>Youth play with fake money </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Losses are not real </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Practice” sites let you win more often than play-for-money sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates a habit </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Internet Gambling: Fast Play <ul><li>Casino card games </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 hands per hour </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online poker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>60 to 80 hands per hour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More money can be lost faster </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video slot games are made by Video game makers </li></ul>
  20. 20. Quiz Question <ul><li>A coin comes up “heads” 5 times in a row. On the next flip, is the coin more likely to come up heads or tails? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A = Heads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B = Tails </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C = Either </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Quiz Answer <ul><li>C = Either </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is always “50-50” – there is a 50% chance of heads and a 50% chance of tails each time the coin is tossed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The chance of getting heads or tails never changes, no matter how many times you toss the coin </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. “50-50” means that… <ul><li>Playing longer does NOT mean that “your luck will change” </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of “heads” in a row does NOT mean you are more likely to get a “tail” </li></ul>?
  23. 23. Quiz Question <ul><li>True or False? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There is less risk of alcohol or drug abuse among problem gamblers </li></ul></ul>?
  24. 24. Quiz Answer <ul><li>False </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research studies have shown that problem gamblers are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Quiz Question <ul><li>True or False? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem gambling does not have as serious consequences as other addictions </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Quiz Answer <ul><li>False </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem gamblers have higher rates of: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alcohol and drug abuse </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Serious money problems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Suicide </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Quiz Question <ul><li>True or False? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gambling is NOT a safe alternative to drugs and alcohol </li></ul></ul>Instead of ?
  28. 28. Quiz Question <ul><li>True or False? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gambling is NOT a safe alternative to drugs and alcohol </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Quiz Answer <ul><li>True </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Like drugs and alcohol, people can become addicted to gambling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A gambling addiction can cause serious problems: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Suicide </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial ruin </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Family break-up </li></ul></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Problem Gambling Helpline <ul><li>Phone: 1-877-My Limit </li></ul><ul><li>Online: www.1877mylimit.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat, IM, email </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Free and confidential </li></ul><ul><li>Staffed by professional counselors </li></ul>