• What's the problem?
    What's the problem?
    Experts are worried that exposure of children to simulated gambling may lead to problem gambling in adulthood.
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  • Research
    Research
    Recent South Australian research shows that almost one-third of teenagers have tried one or more types of simulated gambling online.
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  • What to look out for
    What to look out for
    It’s important to be aware that gambling content may be part of the games your child is playing.
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  • Simulated gambling facts
    Simulated gambling facts
    Some types of simulated gambling are more risky for children than others.
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  • Tips for parents
    Tips for parents
    Proactively addressing the risks associated with simulated gambling activities online is the best way to protect your child.
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  • What is SA doing?
    What is SA doing?
    The South Australian Government is tackling children’s exposure to gambling-behaviours online.
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  • What's the problem?
  • Research
  • What to look out for
  • Simulated gambling facts
  • Tips for parents
  • What is SA doing?

Gambling is NO GAME – look out for online games that simulate gambling

Australia’s teenagers spend more than five hours a day on digital media activities, according to the Australian Communication and Media Authority.

Unlike previous generations, today’s youth have online lives that blend seamlessly with their offline lives. They invite the world into their daily activities through use of computers, smart phones and tablet devices to view content, socialise, communicate, play games, learn and do homework.

And while teenagers are very technology savvy, it is increasingly common to see very young children - sometimes under three - easily navigating their way around a tablet or smartphone to play a game or watch a video.

Alongside the rapid growth in smartphones, tablets and video games that link to the internet, there has been an explosion in downloadable games. There is no doubt these new technologies bring benefits, but as parents, carers and educators we are all aware of the need to protect children and teenagers from the risks that come with it.

An emerging area of serious concern is games that simulate gambling. Increasingly, these games can be played on social media sites, video games that link to the internet and mobile applications. It’s a growing business in a largely unregulated market.

View the Government's Children and technology policy

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