New lessons created on gambling and gaming danger

Schools have been urged to use new lessons on gambling and gaming awareness for 11 to 14-year-olds.

They have been put together and published by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).

The lessons cover topics from sports betting and scratch cards to betting in online video games.

Some schools in Northern Ireland already use a series of lessons drawn up by the Gambling with Lives charity.

That includes Dundonald High School, which was one of the first to use the Gambling with Lives programme with 15 and 16-year-old pupils.

The programme includes the story of a young man who started to gamble on arcade machines and also looked at marketing techniques used by betting firms.

The new series of CCEA lessons are aimed at 11 to 14-year-old pupils who are studying the Learning for Life and Work subject.

Their five lessons include gaming awareness as well as gambling awareness. They encourage pupils to discuss how they spend their leisure time and what makes them happy.

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