Workshop on underage gambling prevention set for Wednesday | Loop Jamaica

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Vitus Evans, Executive Director at the BGLC, said co-hosting the parenting workshops is part of the commission’s strategy to build a culture of responsible gambling in Jamaica.

The Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS), in collaboration with the Betting Gaming & Lotteries Commission (BGLC) and RISE Life Management Services (RISE), will host a series of workshops themed, “Underage Gambling a fiwi business fi true”.

The sessions are intended to sensitize parents about underage gambling prevention and equip them with the tools to address the issue.

The first in the series of these educational sessions will be held at The Girl Guides Association of Jamaica at 2 Waterloo Road, Kingston 10 on Wednesday, March 23 at 5:30 pm.

The free educational sessions will feature expert presenters and target community-based organisations across the island through the CVSS’ network of member agencies.

Vitus Evans, Executive Director at the BGLC, said co-hosting the parenting workshops is part of the commission’s strategy to build a culture of responsible gambling in Jamaica.

“BGLC’s vision is for a Jamaican society in which gambling providers apply principles of responsible gaming in the delivery of their services and that problem gambling and the potential harms of gambling have a minimal negative impact.”

The organisers explained that the workshops are necessary to bring into focus the need to prevent underage gambling as increasingly children are engaged in online activities.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, children are often left unsupervised. This lends itself to adolescents being exposed and attracted to gaming which is expanding with more operators introducing a wider range of gaming options that are easily accessible online.

Nadine Chambers Goss, Executive Director at RISE cited a study that revealed that children are increasingly at risk of participating in underage gambling.

“The only study on gambling among Jamaican children and adolescents (2007), was that one in five Jamaican youth may have, or be at risk for developing a gambling-related issue. It cannot be business as usual regarding the prevention of underage gambling – our efforts must be intensified,” she said.

Ann Marie Kirlew Williams, Programmes Coordinator at CVSS said the organisation is excited to partner on the workshops and programmes to equip parents with the tools to have effective conversations with their children about the impact of gambling and where to seek help for those affected.

The BGLC is an independent statutory body established under the provisions of the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act to license, regulate and monitor the local gaming industry, facilitate its growth and development and protect the public from unfair, unscrupulous and illegal activities.

The Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act states that it is illegal for anyone to entice or facilitate a child’s participation in gambling.

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