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Do Online Gambling sites target children?

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The Government has released a list of online gambling sites believed to be targeting children and teaching them to gamble. It is believed that the gambling sites use the children’s electronic games to instil a gambling culture.  Companies like Bingo Blitz and Big Fish Casino are on top of the list that warns parents to monitor their children’s gaming behaviour.

On the list released, the government decided to classify the electronic games as either red or yellow, with yellow being the moderate and red the most dangerous. This is to also help parents know which games and the amount of influence they may have on their children. This may be seen as a blow in the fight against gambling problem in Australia as the community groups try to cut out gambling altogether.

The biggest setback in the fight against this online games is that most of them are freely downloadable on mobile phones and the tablet devices. There are well over 60 games added to the list with a promise of more to follow.

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Supporters of the toy manufacturers say there is nothing wrong with the games as these are just virtual rewards and their games are actually not addictive. Although it may be a far-fetched idea that children can grow to be addicted to gambling simply by playing the games that offer rewards for playing, but the electronic game producers are the same producers of real money gambling sites.

On the list produced by the government, the red category has other big names like Dice Poker 3D, Jackpot Slots, 8-Ball Pool and Slots Romance. The same red category uses casino-style, gambling elements and graphics, as well as the sound encouraging players to risk something valuable in order to gain a reward.

The yellow category may not be as bad as the red category, but it still allows its players to win bonuses through chance and they also invite the players to visit or build their own virtual casinos.

The state says this is wrong because it trains the young minds to believe that there is nothing wrong with attending casinos or the race tracks, regardless of the age of the player.