Gambling is a problem which is hard to eradicate. Even though it is not allowed by the state and it incurs punishments, many people still engage to such activities. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, gambling start at a younger age (before turning 18 years old).
This is alarming. Youths are the future of Singapore and yet at an early age, they start gambling. Gambling will cost us a lot of money. If we are addicted, it can influence our relationship with our family, friends and even colleagues.
With this, it is crucial that we help troubled youths. It is not yet too late. Here are some things that we can do to help our youths with gambling addictions:
- Parents need to teach their children: Parents should spend their time in paying attention to their children especially the young ones. Parents should be the one to curb the problem at the onset. For example, parents can pay attention to social online games because it can lead to addiction.
- Get help from other institutions: Here in Singapore, there is Addictions Recovery Centre in MacPherson where participants meet every Tuesdays. The participants will talk about their experiences and share some learnings on how to deal with addiction. If our child is becoming addicted even to online games, we have to act swiftly.
Children before turning 18 years old are easy targets for such temptations. As parents, we have to make sure that our children are in the right path. Gambling addiction is very serious and it needs more than parents – the society needs to be involved.