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YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program Brings Latest Game-Bling Webinar this Thursday

The younger generation is easily impressionable and with the wide array of gaming offerings available and the easy access teenagers have to the Internet, problem gambling awareness should be addressed. One such attempt is going to be made this Thursday, as the YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program is going to host its Game-Bling Webinar seeking to shed more light on the merging fields of gaming and gambling.

Over the span of the past several years, eSports and in-game gambling have been among the first things that pop into one’s mind when they think of alternative ways of gambling which involve a more advanced understanding of the online gaming world. Online games and in-game purchases such as skins, as well as competitive gaming at major international tournaments, are only part of the vast gaming/gambling field which heavily relies on the Internet and it more accessible than ever.

Could Gaming and Gambling Be Related?

In an attempt to address the raging online gambling field and its constantly changing nature, the Game-Bling webinar will strive to provide more information regarding the ways in which teenagers are able to participate in gambling activities while gaming online. There is a direct relationship between participating in online multi-player games and gambling, and this is the message which the YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program is striving to convey.

Since the information included in the webinar should reach as many people as possible, its organizers will host it for free and provide anyone interested with about an hour of extensive discussion. Starting at 11 a.m. and progressing all the way to 12:15 p.m. everyone registered for participation will have the chance to learn more about the unexpected gambling threat which could be found in online gaming.

For those who will not have the opportunity to be online for the start of the Game-Bling webinar, there is also another date when they will able to do so. A little over a month later, on January 29 will see another webinar event with the same content as the first one. It will begin at 2:30 p.m. and continue for the following 60 minutes offering the same information as this Thursday’s edition.

Game-Bling Webinar Aims to Raise Awareness

In its essence, the Game-Bling webinar will aim to showcase the link between the seemingly innocent gaming and the much more harmful gambling. Masked as loot boxes, skins betting, and Daily Fantasy Sports, these threats appear to be all over the Internet. Individuals interested in the information and guidance provided by the webinar are expected to range from parents, teachers, and counselors.

Furthermore, students of all age groups directly affected by the gaming culture and anyone interested in learning more about the hidden gambling threats will also have the chance to attend. Among the topics of discussion in this webinar will be the increasing role of technology in our lives and how kids learn from their parents. It will also provide all attendants with an easy to memorize list of indicators of problem gambling behavior.

When it comes to taking care of the issue once it has already occurred, the Game-Bling webinar is also going to offer strategies for battling the devastating impact of compulsive gambling even if it is related to a seemingly inconspicuous activity such as gaming. Everyone interested in participation could register via the online form and subsequently receive more information about the online congregation. The previous edition of this webinar took place on August 21 this year.