SOURCE: Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling

Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling

April 16, 2015 10:07 ET

Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling Warns Families Against the Dangers of Online Gambling

Senator Blanche Lincoln Urges Parents to Protect Their Families by Watching for the Signs of Dangerous Online Gaming

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - April 16, 2015) - As Congress continues to consider bill H.R. 707 that would restore the ban on online gaming, the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) warns parents everywhere about related dangers to their children. Online gambling opportunities are increasingly available to kids and teenagers who think it's harmless and fun.

"Online gambling is not on most parents' radar, but it should be," says Senator Blanche Lincoln, co-chair for the CSIG. "If you think your child is beyond the reach of online gambling, think again. Every child with access to a smartphone or computer is at risk."

Studies have shown that adolescents who gamble may be more likely to engage in physical violence, vandalism, shoplifting and frequent and heavy use of alcohol and drugs. Young, excessive gamblers also are more likely to have problems with the law, truancy issues and poor academic performance.

According to the Columbia University Medical Center, 16 million Americans -- 8 million of whom are teenagers -- have a gambling addiction. The Center also cites studies that show teen problem gambling rates are two to four times the rate of adults. The CSIG encourages parents to watch for these online gambling warning signs:

  • Spending an unusual amount of time on the  Internet
  • Declining school performance
  • Borrowing or stealing money
  • Exhibiting unusual mood swings after spending  time online

The CSIG is helping to protect children by supporting H.R. 707 bi-partisan legislation (also known as RAWA) that would restore the original interpretation of America's Wire Act and ban Internet gambling. In addition, a CSIG educational campaign urges parents across the country to contact their members of Congress in support of the bill that would end online gambling by visiting www.stopinternetgambling.com/take-action.

About the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling

The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling is a group of legislators, public officials, companies and concerned citizens that are organized for the purpose of supporting the restoration of the policy banning Internet gambling. The CSIG seeks to give Congress and the public time to fully examine and consider such issues as the potential for money laundering, terrorism financing, fraud and other criminal activity, participation by minors, exploitation of individuals with a gaming addiction and the impact on jobs and economic activity.

The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling welcomes new partners, advocates and helping hands. To become a Coalition partner, please visit http://stopinternetgambling.com.

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