Gambling has never been so heavily promoted and accessible, especially through sport.

This makes it feel like a normal part of the game and harder for students to recognise the potential harm.

Students should love the game, not the odds.

On Wednesday 18 October 2017, Sarah Doherty, from the Gamblers’ Help section of the Melbourne Counselling Service of the Salvation Army, will present a free parent information session at Independent Schools Victoria (ISV).

This session for Independent school parents has been developed by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation as part of the ‘Love the Game’ School Education program.

Based on the latest research, this free prevention initiative helps students to develop healthy and informed attitudes to avoid harm in the future.

In this session, parents will learn about:

  • key issues related to gambling and young people
  • practical ways to encourage your child to be a critical thinker in an environment where gambling is being increasingly normalised
  • strategies to help reduce potential exposure to gambling messages
  • where to seek help if concerned.

The presentation is the latest in The Parents’ Seminar program at ISV, which has so far looked at the issues of pornography and young people, and teens, parties and alcohol.

Seminar: Students and Sports Gambling

When: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm Wednesday 18 October 2017

Where: Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne, 3003

Entry: Free, but registration required. Send an email with your name to with the words ‘Parent Seminar’ in the subject line. Light refreshments will be served. Places are limited so be sure to secure your place.

How to get there: We are close to the CBD and the Queen Victoria Market. There is plenty of street parking. ISV is near the Route 57 tram service, and a 10-minute walk from Flagstaff Station.

For more handy information for parents and the School Education Program go to

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