It’s deeply worrying to learn that young people in Scotland are experiencing gambling in situations where the risks are not always explained. Only last week, the GambleAware conference highlighted that over half a million in the UK are gambling each week.
The smart-phone generation have ready access to gambling, something which has not previously been available and the statistics from the Gambling Commission highlights that 11% of 11-16 year olds have played free gambling-style social games online.
Loot boxes within computer games, such as Star Wars Battlefront, is increasing the opportunities for young people to inadvertently gamble and we must provide more education on the dangers of gaming and gambling. Therefore, my office has contacted Inverclyde HSCP to make them aware of this information.