From Online Gaming to Online Gambling: The Signs and Preventing Addiction

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From Online Gaming to Online Gambling: The Signs and Preventing Addiction

This webinar will help school staff and parents and carers to recognise the early warning signs associated with an online gaming addiction and how this could potentially lead to a child developing a compulsive gambling disorder.

In May 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially recognised gaming addiction as a type of mental health disorder, defining it as:

  • "a pattern of gaming behaviour characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”

In this webinar, Steve Watts, founder of the GamFam charity and experienced education professional, provides schools with the knowledge and understanding they need to put in place supportive and preventative strategies for children, before the lure of gambling sets in.

Learning Outcomes

  • Exploring how gaming has changed and its association with gambling

  • Understanding microtransactions, loot boxes and skins

  • Understanding who is responsible for children’s safeguarding

  • Recognising the early warning signs to and what to be aware of

  • Discussing practical advice on implementing strategies to help reduce the risk

Steve Watts

About The Expert

Steve Watts

founder of independent gambling charity GamFam and an experienced senior education professional.
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