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Gambling is an issue that parents rarely talk about with their children, but easy access to online gambling sites has made this a pressing issue that needs to be addressed with young people. In this section, we offer parents and teachers resources for discussing this topic with children and youth.

Young Canadians today are growing up in a culture where gambling is legal, easily accessible – especially online – and generally presented as harmless entertainment.

Research shows that only a third of parents have discussed gambling with their children. This issue is seen as minor, mainly because parents are generally unaware of their kids’ participation in these sorts of activities. It is important to talk about it, though: research has found that family members’ views about gambling are a major influence on how likely youth are to gamble.