Young People and their Exposure to Gambling Harms within Digital Games

This webinar will focus on gambling mechanics in digital games with a particular focus on vulnerable groups.

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All gambling carries a risk of harm. Gambling harm can affect anyone. Gambling harm impacts the health and well-being of people, communities and society.

The Scottish Gambling Education Hub hold ‘Special Topic webinars’ to discuss gambling in connection with various other topics.

This session will be delivered by the Scottish Gambling Education Hub, a Fast Forward project, in partnership with Prof. Sarah Mills, Loughborough University.

This webinar will focus on gambling mechanics in digital games with a particular focus on vulnerable groups

The session will outline the relationship between gambling harms and often hidden links to digital games. It will cover chance-based mechanisms such as loot boxes and other in game features and digital rewards. Prof. Sarah Mills will share insights and findings from a recent research project on children, young people and families’ experiences of these systems:

https://www.gaminggamblingresearch.org.uk/

The project ‘Between gaming and gambling’ focused on everyday family life, home spaces and parenting practices, capturing children’s voices as well as insights from parents and video game designers. The second half of the webinar will create a space for what these and other experiences mean for practice at the grassroots level, focusing on gambling/gaming specifically and vulnerabilities (i.e. disabilities, mental health, poverty).