10% of adolescents under 18 spend money on online betting

During the pandemic there has been an exponential growth of the game and online betting that has also affected adolescents. Thus, the General Directorate of G

10% of adolescents under 18 spend money on online betting

During the pandemic there has been an exponential growth of the game and online betting that has also affected adolescents. Thus, the General Directorate of Game Sorting detected an increase of 57% of new players in the first weeks of confinement, especially young people, and that even though the operators of the game "Online" require the age of majority. Today, according to the Ministry of Health, 10.3% of young people between 14 and 18 years of age performs betting on the Internet.

For this reason, Orange and the National Police launch a campaign awareness about the damages that the game "Online" can cause in adolescents and their families. In the presentation of this campaign, the Deputy Operational Director of the Police, José Ángel González has participated; The General Commissioner of Citizen Security, Juan Carlos Castro; The Director General of Regulation, Institutional Relations, External Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility and Orange Foundation Spain, Luz Usamentiaga; and the Director General of the Residential Business Unit of Orange Spain, Diego Martínez.

The online sports betting has become the main game of adolescents, being their sports idols the image of many of their communications. This fact, together with the addictive capacity of the game on the Internet due to the sensation of risk caused by chance, its immediate availability in front of the face-to-face and anonymity game, is converting this activity into a serious problem in many families. Today, according to data from the Foundation of Drug Addiction (FAD), young people represent 50% of the people who play "online".

The new Orange campaign and the National Police, which is part of In Initiative # PorunusolovedeleCnology, seeks to raise awareness of the risks involved in access to this type of activity for their children: addiction, isolation, anxiety or aggressiveness are just some of its possible consequences.

This campaign of dissemination and awareness of this problem is articulated around two videos: in one of them, a situation of fiction is shown, which could be real, in which the addiction to the game "online" bursts in the relationship between a Father a son; While, in the other audiovisual piece, an expert from the central unit of citizen participation of the National Police, responds to different questions associated with this problem.

The DAO of the National Police, José Ángel González, has defended that "the protection of the most vulnerable groups is a purpose that has always guided the activity of the national police". In this sense, it has announced that, in 2019, the year before the pandemic, more than 30,000 talks were given in schools and institutes, and that more than half of them were dedicated to Internet risks, mainly, Problems such as bullying, drugs, sexting, grooming and gender violence.

In addition, it has added that "to this face-to-face prevention and awareness, it is added that it is carried out from the National Police Social Networking team. Networks are especially useful in the aim of sending our messages and, before That reality, the National Police has managed to transmit its messages with the specific code of each social network, becoming a global reference that has more than six million followers. "

"For Orange, it is an essential and strategic element to help users - adolescents, adolescents and children - to take advantage of the enormous possibilities of technology and digital as learning tools, socialization ... so it is also important to know the risks and Protect the most vulnerable-our children-against them, "explains Luz Usamentiaga, Director General of Regulation, Institutional Relations, External Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility and Orange España Foundation. "This is the goal of initiative # PorunusoAngedelechnology, with which, from our business perspective with purpose, we have been putting the focus on certain phenomena and situations that can be harmful to our minors, such as the 'Online' game, and Generate value talks within the families to know the risks together and know how to face them, "adds Diego Martínez, Director General of the Residential Business Unit of Orange.

How to protect young people from this addiction without substance? In this new delivery of # PorunusolovedeLechnology, Orange and the National Police propose dialogue as the best way to prevent: talk to our sons and daughters, explain them properly, and from mutual respect, what they can find in the network and their Hazards In this way, a relationship of trust is established that can help detect the risk of addiction.

From there, you have to teach young people to manage their money and understand the value of things, as well as promote their disconnection of technology through playful or cultural activities.

We must also be taught to assume responsibilities according to their age to empower their maturity and empower their critical spirit to avoid behaviors influenced by their surroundings.

As support in this work, there are educational content in the same digital environment, which can help us all, adults and minors, to reinforce these messages on how to make good use of screens (proper distribution of time, dialing mutual agreement schedules, Encourage other entertainment routes, etc.)

Updated Date: 21 September 2021, 21:41

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