Recently, Clubs Australia proposed the idea that schools across the country should include gambling education in their curricula. It would help to teach young children about gambling responsibly from a very early age, helping to reduce rates of gambling addiction. While the idea was generally well-received, there has been some criticism of the idea.
According to Nick Xenophon, an MP famous for his anti-gambling stance, gambling education programs should not have influence from the gaming industry. As such, he believes that Clubs Australia should not have any input into a gambling education curriculum if one is implemented in Australian schools.
Xenophon has also made some useful suggestions about the program. He states that, in addition to teaching children about how to gamble responsibly, the program should also introduce students to people who have fallen victim to gambling addiction.
‘‘Whether it’s someone who has lost their home, or lost a relationship or lost a loved one through gambling-related suicide, that’s the sort of thing that would hit home,’’ says Xenophon.
Now, more sources are weighing in on the issue, and the idea of gambling education in schools seems to be gaining steam. It is a very unique take on the issue of problem gambling prevention, and we hope that it gets political support.