News & Media

08 June 2017

Forum to discuss the impacts of gaming on young people

Latrobe Community Health Service has partnered with the Institute of Games to host a Youth and Gaming Forum this Tuesday evening for parents, teachers and other youth professionals to explore the impacts of gaming on young people.

Young people across Gippsland are being exposed to screens and technology like never before.  Digital Australia reports that 96% of children aged between 6-15 engage in some form of gaming screen time on a regular basis.

“Gaming is the most popular form of entertainment today, which is having a big impact on young people, in both positive and negative ways,” said Ashlea King, Gamblers Help Community Education Officer at Latrobe Community Health Service.

Ms King said many video games allowed children to play ‘gambling-style’ games, normalising gambling.
“Young people are increasingly exposed to gambling through gaming.  With thousands of free apps and video games that mimic gambling readily available online, it is becoming harder to tell the difference between gambling and digital games.

“In addition, many games are set up with false odds that give players the impression it’s easy to win. This normalises gambling, and young people are under the false impression there is minimal risk involved,” said Ms King.

Gaming expert and Director of the Institute of Games, Steven Dupon, will speak at the forum on the impacts of excessive gaming, managing gaming behaviours and violence in video games. He will also explore the difference between gaming and gambling.

Steven has over 20 years’ experience in working with young people and specialises in the impact of technology and gaming.  His presentation will give participants the skills and information to ensure gaming remains fun, positive, and safe for young people.

The Youth and Gaming Forum will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday the 13th of June at the Morwell Central Primary School Auditorium.  There will be a light supper provided.

To register for this free community event go to www.eventbrite.com.au or contact Ashlea King at Latrobe Community Health Service on 1800 242 696 or Ashlea.king@lchs.com.au.