The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has commended YGAM for creating its ParentHub website, marking the service as a ‘vital resource’ for parents who teach children about the dangers and harms of problem gambling.
The RSPH reported that adult education and younger audiences have played a fundamental role in setting the key goals of its 2019 established affiliate Gambling Health Alliance (GHA).
The Alliance’s goal is to bring together organisations and individuals who share an interest in minimising the harm done by problem gambling to health and well-being – through which YGAM is regarded as a crucial contributor to fundamental change.
The ParentHub of YGAM is known as a valuable tool for parents to consider and monitor the danger of their children participating in interactive activities such as buying loot boxes.
Analysis by the Commissioner for Children has indicated that 93 percent of children play video games, although analysis by the UK Gambling Commission has shown that there are 55,000 11-16 year olds identified as problem gamblers in England , Scotland and Wales.
Duncan Stephenson, GHA chairman and RSPH deputy chief executive said: “Most children and young people have instant access to a largely ‘wild west’ digital world and this can include exposure to gambling. Even gaming, a pastime which is a fun and positive experience for many young people is now crammed with gambling-like features.
“We, therefore, welcome the new YGAM Parent Hub as a vitally important and much-needed resource to help parents better understand some of the issues around gambling within gaming, and to support families to maximise the positives of gaming and mitigate the negatives.”
The charity partnered with research departments at Newcastle and Loughborough Universities to help parents and caregivers appreciate the new interactive gaming options available to children, such as loot boxes.
Head of Parental Engagement at YGAM Amanda Atkinson said: “In many households, we find that parents have limited knowledge of what games their children are playing online.
“Our new website answers many of the questions that parents have and will provide them with the tools to make informed decisions for their children. As schools break up for the summer holidays and many places remain closed, children will be spending more time online so the launch of our ‘Parent Hub’ website has never been more important.”