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'Online gambling a major temptation for Thai children during Covid-19 lockdown'

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'Online gambling a major temptation for Thai children during Covid-19 lockdown'

By The Nation

 

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The Children and Youth Council of Thailand and allies organised a seminar to explore the behaviour of children and youth on the use of online media for gambling during homestay amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

An AIESEC survey of more than 1,000 children and youth during the Covid-19 period from March to May found that each day they spent more than six hours playing online, while online ads encouraged them to gamble up to 70 per cent of the time, Methavee Mek-um, council executive committee member, said.

 

"The age range of 15-19 watched the most gambling advertisements at 47.4 per cent, while the channel that was viewed the most was Facebook at 76.53 per cent, followed by websites or applications to watch movies, music, playing games at 70.64 per cent and Line 32.50 per cent," said Methavee.

 

After seeing the online gambling ads, 13.24 per cent of children and youth start gambling. The five most common types of gambling activities were: fish shooting 31.68 per cent because they look different from gambling but have the opportunity to earn money, followed by lottery bets (19.80 per cent), slot games (17.82 per cent), baccarat (15.84 per cent), and sports betting (14.85 per cent).

 

"Gamblers lose most of the time, a staggering 82.18 per cent loss record, but what is astounding is that the maximum amount to be paid is Bt100,000, while the smallest is Bt7,000," said Methavee.

 

Ronnarong Kaewphet, head of a justice-seeking advocacy network, urged the government to widen Section 12 of the Gambling Act to include online advertising which entices people indirectly to gamble.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30391074

 

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Total madness! In the real world they have age check securities for preventing this. Better they contact Pagcor in the Philippines.

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They forgot to mention a great deal of gambling ads show up on porn sites. The supposedly illegal in Thailand, supposedly blocked porn sites. Yet I've had students as low as P4 watching them in class. Online gambling's supposedly illegal too, yet there the ads are, in Thai language. Out in the provinces, everyone knows where the secret casinos are too, in some abandoned looking warehouse.

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1 hour ago, Orton Rd said:

How do kids manage to bet online with no credit or debit cards?

It must be done via fake money for gambling as obviously they are too young to do real gambling or have a c/c to gamble.

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3 minutes ago, bbi1 said:

It must be done via fake money for gambling as obviously they are too young to do real gambling or have a c/c to gamble.

Or .............. kids are not gambling. Simples. 🙂

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2 hours ago, Orton Rd said:

How do kids manage to bet online with no credit or debit cards?

Bank transfer is how all the Thai ladies at work do it.

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42 minutes ago, Mr Meeseeks said:

Bank transfer is how all the Thai ladies at work do it.

Kids though not grown ups

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Not Just kids.. my thai GF 43years is baddly addicted to this terrible phone bet stupid brainwash games that control your mind making you think you will earn money but actually sucking your money directly from your bank account using easy online money transfer. Be carefull that your family does not get into this mind online drug as bad as cocain or ice  making people real addicts thinking they play against other people but are always loosing against the app algorythm! It is so bad that sometimes she starts playing at 7pm and ends up glued 12hours in a raw playing the same repetitive real stupid money game eating up her brain.. finally endind up with sleep disorder.. and developing mental issues like paranoia or schysophrenia!

 

Please thai government regulate urgently, save people, and stop this madness. Thanks

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