Literature review

Online gaming and gambling in children and adolescents – normalising gambling in cyber places

Gambling Youth Internet gambling Gambling harm minimisation Australia
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This literature review examined the available research on children and adolescents' exposure to, and participation in, online gaming and gambling activities.

The intended focus of the review was Australian jurisdictions, however international studies were included where local research was limited. The review drew upon both peer reviewed (journal articles) and non-peer reviewed literature (reports).

It found that gambling and gambling-like products are highly visible, accessible and promoted to young audiences across a range of digital media channels. However, there are gaps in our current understanding of how gaming–gambling crossover activities and promotions influence young people in Australia, and the potential effect on gambling harm.

The review concludes with some areas for consideration, including opportunities for parent education.

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