Home > Children & The Law > Gambling Laws Concerning Children

Gambling Laws Concerning Children

By: Angela Armes - Updated: 4 Sep 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Gambling Children Gambling Laws Gambling

Statistically, 1 in 10 children are addicted to gambling. This could be as a result of playing games such as online poker or using arcade slot machines. Any gambling addiction can be costly both in terms of money and the child’s welfare, as it can result in bad behaviour and sometimes theft in order to fuel the addiction.

Gaming Machines in Public Places

The use of gaming machines in public places is allowed but legislation dictates the age of those individuals using such machines. Although there is no upper age limit, it is suggested that no one under the age of 13 use such games. In certain areas of the country, it is perfectly legal for children of any age to use these machines, while in others the Local Authorities have issued strong warnings to those proprietors who have slot machines on their premises.

Online Gaming

The rise of the internet has increased the opportunity of gambling for children. Online gaming offer amazing cash prizes for the lucky winner and this can be something of an enticement for a teenager. In addition, such gaming websites offer free play in order to encourage people to join their sites. But once the free play has expired, a fee must be paid or money put into an online account so that play can continue.

Nearly all of these sites are for over 18s only. However, some teenagers are resourceful and lie about not only their age but also use credit and debit card details belonging to their parents or other family members.

It is a breach of the Gambling Act to allow any minor to engage in online gaming activities, or allow them to gamble using slot machines or fixed tote machines, and as such prosecution for a failure to properly police this law can result in hefty fines.

Signs and Symptoms of Gambling

Gambling and Truancy seem to go hand in hand and children who don't attend school tend to become involved in Anti-Social Behaviour or petty crime in order to gain money to feed their addictions.

It is again worth noting that your child will exhibit specific behavioural changes if he or she is engaging in gambling activities. They may become withdrawn, anxious, agitated, and, as we have already pointed out, they may play truant from school or become involved with other individuals who may also engage in similar practices.

If you have an internet connection at home, it is worth while putting a filter in place which prevents the viewing of such online gaming sites. This may also reduce your child’s chances of being introduced to advertisements for such sites.

You can also contact your local authority for information on what laws they have in place, especially if you feel that your child has become the unwilling victim of gambling.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
Starlight - Your Question:
Why do some 'slot machines', especially on Caravan Holiday Sites, have to have tokens (which are bought with cash on site) then winners have to accept tokens as prizes but have to be used on the same caravan sites to purchase appalling rubbish. My grandson spent nearly £11 to collect amass enough tokens for a 'plastic toy' worth about £2???He is 8 years old!!He can not stop himself from using these gambling machines!! We refuse him money but he always gets his own way. What is the law regarding these slot machines?Thank you.

Our Response:
Unfortunately there are no specific laws that can prevent children from playing on this type of machine. The local authority issues the licence, so it might be worth getting in touch with them to find out if they impose any specific regulations.
LawAndParents - 6-Sep-17 @ 12:13 PM
Why do some 'slot machines', especially on Caravan Holiday Sites, have to have tokens (which are bought with cash on site) then winners have to accept tokens as prizes but have to be used on the same caravan sites to purchase appalling rubbish. My grandson spent nearly £11 to collect amass enough tokens for a 'plastic toy' worth about £2??? He is 8 years old!! He can not stop himself from using these gambling machines!! We refuse him money but he alwaysgets his own way. What is the law regarding these slot machines? Thank you.
Starlight - 4-Sep-17 @ 2:07 PM
mandyb - Your Question:
Please can you tell me why its legal for children to go to racetracks to watch horses and greyhounds and the big gamble their parents take? Surely its all gambling? Can you advise please.MandyB

Our Response:
We can't advise on why lcertain laws on in place unfortunately as we don't make them.
LawAndParents - 1-Apr-16 @ 11:12 AM
Please can you tell me why its legal for children to go to racetracks to watch horses and greyhounds and the big gamble their parents take? Surely its all gambling? Can you advise please . MandyB
mandyb - 29-Mar-16 @ 6:22 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Kev
    Re: Should we Still Pay Maintenance?
    Hi.my son is 17 at the moment and will be 18 in december. He currently attends an automotive level 2 college course for 9 hrs…
    25 September 2017
  • Cp123
    Re: The Rights of Working Parents
    I've recently asked to change my shifts so they work around school hours 9-3 twice a week and to work a weekend day. As I single…
    25 September 2017
  • LawAndParents
    Re: Could a Child Choose Which Parent to Live With?
    Chocpenguin - Your Question:I have a problem my brothers partner has 4 kids 2 of which are my brothers.…
    25 September 2017
  • Dazsteele
    Re: Should we Still Pay Maintenance?
    I am currently paying aliment to my ex wife for my daughter (20) who has just started university, my daughter works part time…
    25 September 2017
  • LawAndParents
    Re: Underage Sex: How to Protect Your Children
    Holly - Your Question:Hi at the age of 15 I had sex and ended up having a child at 16with someone that was 18 At…
    25 September 2017
  • Ribs
    Re: Should we Still Pay Maintenance?
    I have three children living who moved to Portugal with their mother in 2002/2003. The oldest child is 24 years old, 25 in…
    25 September 2017
  • aa17
    Re: Changing a Child's Surname
    Hi my daughters biologic father has had no contact with her since she was 3 she is now 8 , she is known as with my husband surname…
    25 September 2017
  • Sammyloo
    Re: Your Rights as a Grandparent
    My granddaughter has been taken in to foster care. Can I see my granddaughter as social services won’t give me any information at…
    25 September 2017
  • LawAndParents
    Re: Legal Entitlement to Child Benefit and Tax Credits
    Pops - Your Question:Hi, am I entitled to claim any child tax credits as my children live with me 3…
    25 September 2017
  • Debbie
    Re: Prohibited Steps Orders
    My ex says he is taking out a prohibited steps order to stop me moving in with my partner and taking our 10 year old daughter with me. He…
    25 September 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the LawAndParents website. Please read our Disclaimer.