|The International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviors at Montreal's McGill University suggest that 55 per cent of children between the ages of |
10 to 17 are casual gamblers. This includes sports betting, lottery tickets and Internet gambling.
Although it is illegal to run an online gambling operation in Canada 2,000 foreign based online gambling sites are available to Canadians. Even Canadian operators have utilized offshore Internet providers to offer their casinos to Canadian residence. According to Canadian officials this is one of the reasons why 13 per cent on children are problem gamblers.
Jeff Derevensky co director of the center, said 'We've had kids who've gambled tens of thousands of dollars,”.” They are absolutely incredible at cajoling, stealing and embezzling money.'
Mr. Derevensky further suggested that one young man got himself in to debts of $70,000 whilst another blew his tuition fees days after his father repaid it. What’s more Derevensky also accused video lottery terminals in bars for leading the youngsters astray. Therefore Mr. Derevensky suggested that gambling awareness should become a vital part in schooling together with substance abuse and anti-smoking education.
Derevensky also announced that his center is about to receive $500,000 in funding from Loto-Quebec. However 'The bad news is it's still a fraction of what's spent on advertising.' He said. Loto-Quebec says it devotes 20 per cent of each on-air lottery ad to a prevention message.