Parents now realize if their teenager develops a compulsive gambling addiction their future course of action and time involvement is unknown. This isn’t something that is here today and gone tomorrow.
Compulsive teenagers with a gambling addiction have one or more of the following in common:
1. School grades drop
2. Social development decreases
3. Low self esteem
4. Self destructive behavior
5. Asking you why this happened to them?
6. Thinking suicide is the only way out.
8. Pawning personal possessions
9. Negative Attitude
10. Cutting School
11. Disappearing for long periods of time
12. Blaming the parent because they gamble too.
13. Working a part time job to pay off debts
14. Stopped after school activities
15. Watched poker tournaments on cable and television
16. I tried to stop but I couldn’t
Parents have been forced to educate themselves on the above when confronted with their teenager’s gambling addiction. From there they try to find answers instead they have more questions. They are not looking to point the finger but really to get help for their child. They also would like to help prevent another parent from having to deal with this addiction.
The following questions were raised by parents regarding the local school gambling event:
1. Has the school systems educated themselves to guarantee that gambling is equal to arts and crafts?
2. If one student develops a gambling addiction will the school system compensate the family for the negative affects on their teenager? ufa
3. Will the school system cover all medical expenses if needed?
4. Should the post prom committee be legally responsible if just one student becomes addicted to gambling?
5. What does the law state?
6. What’s happening to our children’s future?
7. How I can tell my kid he can’t go when all his friends are going?
8. Is there something wrong with me, because I disagree with the school system?
9. How can I write a letter to the school board when my son may find out it was me objecting to the gambling event?
As a parent when you find out it’s your child who has the gambling addiction, what are you going to do? From a majority of the emails I receive, parents question and ask. “How did this happen to my teenager? I am a good parent.”
Just as you have to take the time to talk to your children about, protective sex, drugs and alcohol you now have to explain the effects of gambling.
Teenagers who grow up in a house where their parents are active gamblers are more likely to gamble too. A school event puts a stamp of approval on gambling.
Parents have asked for statistical proof that the upcoming post prom gambling party will have a negative effect on their teenagers. I gave the parent specific examples of real situations. This was not sufficient for the prom committee. They wanted to know what percentage? And how many students will be negatively affected by this even