Educators Can Help


Tools for Schools and Educators:

  • Include gambling awareness information in the curriculum
  • Provide training through professional development programs for teachers, counselors and administrators
  • Train student assistance teams and mental health personnel to assess for problem gambling
  • Review or establish a school policy on gambling and promote enforcement of the policy
  • Refer students to appropriate treatment resources1

Signs to Watch For:

  • Unexplained absences from school
  • Sudden decline in grades
  • Changes in personality or behavior (new elements of irritability, impatience, criticism, sarcasm, etc.).
  • Student possessing large sums of cash
  • Exaggerated display of money or other material possessions. (e.g., cars, clothes, jewelry).
  • Talking or bragging about gambling wins
  • Intense interest in gambling conversations
  • Unusual interest in newspapers, magazines, or periodicals having to do with gambling (sports, horse/dog racing, etc.)
  • Frequent use of gambling euphemisms
  • Regular use of the word “bet” (“I’ll bet I can do this/I’ll bet you’re wrong”)
  • Possessing betting stubs (horse tracks, sporting events, etc.)
  • Playing gambling type games on the Internet (even “free” ones!)2

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