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The rise of problem gambling among young people

Gambling is ever-present in young people’s lives, yet there is no requirement for it to be taught about in schools. Dave Speck explores the extent of the problem and meets the campaigners looking to raise awareness


"Penny-up” might sound like a harmless children’s game, but it’s causing upset and arguments in school playgrounds across the country.

The name can vary by region but the rules are broadly the same: several players each throw a coin against a wall, and the one that bounces their coin back the furthest wins the lot.

“It might as well be called ‘two-pound-up’ because they’re using two-pound coins, or whatever they’ve got,” says Dr Jane Rigbye, a chartered psychologist, who is director of education at the charity GambleAware.

“Even in primary schools they’re playing it, and they’re losing all ...

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