What do teenagers think about gambling?

We’ve talked with young people about how they feel about gambling and the increase of gambling advertising in the media. Gambling Help counsellor and Manager of the University of Sydney Gambling Clinic, Kirsten Shannon, sat down with a group of Narara Valley High School students to talk about gambling. In this 11 part series we get to know what teens think about underage gambling, the impact of gambling ads, what they find appealing about gambling and what they find appalling.


Video No.1: Make me feel good

In part one of this series, our teens talk about their response to a gambling advert. We asked them ‘how do gambling ads make you look and feel good?’



Video No.2: Man-flirt

We ask our teens who they think gambling ads ‘flirt’ with the most. In other words, which target demographic are they most interested in appealing to?



Video No.3: Tip this

In part three, we ask our teens what they think about the amount of sports betting ads that air during sporting matches on TV.



Video No.4: Show me the glamour

We ask our teens why betting agencies might use celebrities and sports starts to promote their brands.



Video No.5: Can you bank on it?

In part five, we ask our teens to guestimate how many sports betters actually make a profit over a 12 month period.



Video No.6: Never seen a loser

Our teens discuss facets of gambling that ads show — and those they don’t show.



Video No.7: Re-take

In part seven we ask our teens if, once they know the real odds, it changes how they see gambling ads.



Video No.8: Scratch this

We discuss scratchies and how much you have to spend to win!



Video No.9: Get off my phone!

Our teens discuss gambling ads appearing on their phones.



Video No.10: Smarts means wins?

Our teens answer the question ‘when it comes to gambling, does skill have much to do with it? Or is it all about chance?’



Video No.11: The odds are what?

Our teens answer the question ‘what do you think the odds are of winning on the pokies?’