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High School students in Victoria to receive gambling education

Mon, Oct 17, 10:54am by Staff Writer

Secondary school students in Victoria will be given additional resources to help them understand the mathematics and risks of gambling in a bid to minimise problem gambling.

Students in Year 10 to 12 will be taught about the true chances of winning at gambling, while teachers will deliver information on how young people can seek help with problem gambling.

The initiative was launched by state minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz.

“Victorian school students will be able to do the maths for themselves, which helps them learn that gambling is a quicker way to lose money, than it is make it,” Minister Kairouz said.

“Launching Responsible Gambling Awareness Week with these important teaching tools serves as a reminder that our kids are aware of gambling from a young age.”

The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) have also helped develop the resources which the state government hopes will lead to students being able to make more informed choices about their gambling.

A MAV trial of the program found students had a greater understanding of the long-term outcome of random events, while they were aware of the illusion of control in gambling. Significantly, after undertaking the program, belief in luck had decreased.

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Chief Executive Officer Serge Sardo said the program is crucial to helping young people understand the complex gambling environment, much of which now occurs on-line.

“The new resources broaden our support for schools to embed gambling education into the curriculum,” Mr Sardo said.

“The program aims to encourage young people to be critical thinkers when it comes to gambling, and empower them to navigate the new gambling environment.”

The launch of the program is part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, which runs all this week in Victoria.

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