It has also asked that families spend time educating young family members about the risks that are associated with gambling in an attempt to protect them.
In the week of 12 October, GambleAware published a report which was compiled by Ecorys and covered the role and influence of parental behaviour on gambling-related issues for young people.
The Ecorys report found that parents who spend time teaching their kids the responsibilities they should have, helped to ensure the young people had more control and awareness of the risks caused by gambling.
A spokesperson for GambleAware commented that parents who don’t offer this kind of support find it: “harder for them to take a protective role and share effective strategies in moderation and control.”
The charity has indicated it will be carrying out more research into the importance of the parental role on kids’ behaviour patterns.
A spokesperson said: “This research highlights the importance of parents in the lives of young people and gambling but also that parents and families are not always aware of the issues young people are facing.”
Within the same week, the charity announced that it will make the GamBan gambling blocker available to all its online national gambling treatment clients.
GambleAware will commit to funding this gambling blocking software as part of its treatment programme for people suffering from problem gambling.
The GamBan software will block access to any licensed or illegal gambling websites and make it far easier for GambleAware clients to self-exclude from gambling and betting online.
The charity made this decision following the evaluation of a variety of blocking products. They discovered that GamBan was most effective, however, funding its cost would be difficult for many GambleAware clients.
GambleAware will fund this software and encourage more of their clients to use the product as one part of their treatment programme.
Anybody with a gambling problem can call the National Gambling Helpline and receive a referral to Gamcare, the National Problem Gambling Clinic, or the Gordon Moody Association and will now be able to access the GamBan blocker for free.
The Chief Executive of GambleAware, Marc Etches, commented: “Blocking software can be an effective tool to help those at risk of getting into difficulties resist the ubiquitous gambling adverts and special offers that surround us these days.
This report reinforces the point that such tools work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual rather than being effective in isolation.
This evaluation gives us the confidence we needed to fund the use of this software for anyone who is referred to our treatment services“.