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Insight


UNITED KINGDOM Gambling Commission


Tim Miller, Executive Director, Gambling Commission


“Most of the gambling covered by this report takes place in ways which the law permits, but we must keep working to prevent children and young people from having access to age restricted products. Where operators have failed to protect children and young people we have and will continue to take firm action. This year alone, we have tightened rules and requirements around age verification to prevent children and young people from accessing age restricted products, put free-to-play games behind paywalls, and clamped down on irresponsible products.


Te Gambling Commission’s 2019 Young People and Gambling survey show that 11 per cent of 11- 16-year olds that took part in the survey say they have spent their own money on gambling in the past seven days, compared with 14 per cent in 2018. Te long-term trend shows a decline in participation since the questions were first asked in 2011.


Te most common type of gambling activity that young people are taking part in is private bets for money (e.g. with friends) (five per cent) with a further three per cent playing cards with friends for money. Te research, carried out by Ipsos MORI, also shows that three per cent report buying National Lottery scratchcards in a shop in the past seven days and a further four per cent say they have played fruit or slot machines in the past seven days, an activity which typically takes place in family arcades or holiday parks.


Tim Miller, Executive Director, Gambling Commission said: “Tis report demonstrates that children and young people’s interaction with gambling or gambling behaviours comes from three sources – gambling that they are legally allowed to participate in, gambling on


In October, the Gambling Commission published its 2019 Young People & Gambling survey, which looks at gambling trends of 11 - 16-year-olds in Great Britain. Te survey looks at those forms of gambling and gambling style games that young people legally take part in along with gambling on age restricted products.


age restricted products and gambling style games. Any child or young person that experiences harm from these areas is a concern to us and we are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to protect them from gambling harms.


“Most of the gambling covered by this report takes place in ways which the law permits, but we must keep working to prevent children and young people from having access to age restricted products. Where operators have failed to protect children and young people we have and will continue to take firm action. Tis year alone, we have tightened rules and requirements around age verification to prevent children and young people from accessing age restricted products, put free-to-play games behind paywalls, and clamped down on irresponsible products.


Tis year’s survey reports that of the 26 per cent of 11-16 years olds who say they have ever spent their own money on fruit or slot machines, 11 per cent did so in a pub which is down from 21 per cent in 2018. P48 NEWSWIRE / INTERACTIVE / MARKET DATA


“We have been raising awareness about where risks may arise from gambling-style games such as loot boxes and social casino games for some time. Even though we don’t have regulatory control in this area we are actively engaging with the games industry and social media platforms to look at ways to protect children and young people.


“Protecting children and young people from gambling harms is a collective responsibility and requires us, other regulators, the government, gambling operators, charities, teachers and parents to work together to make progress.”


Earlier in October, the Gambling Commission’s Chief Executive, Neil McArthur set out clear expectations to the gambling industry about how he expects operators to use data to avoid targeting advertising at young and vulnerable people. Trough the work of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms the Gambling Commission is developing a range of education and prevention programmes to put in place to protect children and young people. Tis includes partnerships with GambleAware and ParentZone who offer support for parents and guardians to help them deal with issues around playing gambling style games and gambling.


UGC survey shows long-term decline in 11-16 year old play


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