Friday, 01 June 2012
MICHAEL O'BRIEN PROMOTES RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING IN MALVERN
Member for Malvern and Minister for Gaming, Michael O’Brien recently launched a new teaching resource to assist schools in educating students about the risks of gambling and the consequences of problem gambling. Micahel launched the resource as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2012, which this year is focussed on youth. Michael launched the new resource, entitled “Responsible Gambling: Building resilience for young learners,” together with a new DVD entitled “Beat the Game,” at a professional development workshop for teachers in Malvern. The new resource will be supplied to every government, Catholic and Independent secondary school in Victoria this month.
“With increased exposure to advertising from gambling operators, youth gambling is a growing area of concern,” Michael said.
“We want young people to be equipped with the skills they need to make responsible choices when they are old enough to gamble – which means understanding the need to maintain balance and control and always looking out for your mates.
“We know that gambling is increasingly becoming an issue for young people so there is a need for proper education in schools about the risks involved, just as there is education in relation to the risks of alcohol, smoking and illegal drugs.
“There is also research suggesting that a significant proportion of school-age children are gambling and that a quarter of parents are unaware of their children’s gambling activities.
“This new teaching resource will assist educators to deliver courses focused on young people with a view to preventing gambling becoming an issue for them in the future.
"I was particularly pleased to launch this resource in Malvern and look forward to receiving feedback from local schools about its usefulness in the classroom."
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