The latest trend to hit high schools is teen-supervised play at the school after-dance party. Over the past few months, I have received numerous emails from parents, students, and teachers at the school expressing concern about the new alternative entertainment. In all cases, these people believe that it would do more harm than good.
The concept became a reality for students once the Post Prom Committee voted to accept this new alternative entertainment.
This Post Prom Committee believes this is a safe evening party for the high school prom. Participating students are between the ages of sixteen and eighteen. Each student can buy fake money to play and at the end of the night they can exchange this money for prizes at the end of the night. Some parents believe that this is a wonderful and safe event for their children. While others believe that this is an area in which they prefer that their children not get involved.
One of the emails I received was from a family homeschooling their five children. I was surprised that their children did not participate. She had explained to me that her seventeen-year-old daughter has friends who attend the public school system. He went on to tell me about the negative behavior these teens displayed after the event took place. In fact, they taught their daughter to play blackjack and poker. This is a good neighborhood that has strong community ties. He also informed me that he doesn’t see the difference between using fake money or real money when you still have a chance to win a prize that has value. She believes these teens are being educated on how to bet, win, and take the easy way out.
The people in favor of this gambling event kindly told those who were against their teens staying home. It was my understanding that after-prom parties were supposed to be for everyone.
I was surprised that a school district considers game nights to be acceptable behavior for our teens.
I have seen firsthand the self-destruction that gambling can cause in adolescents and adults. I think gambling should be limited to people over the age of eighteen.
Another email asked me for specific statistics on the negative impact on teens attending a gambling event. General statistics reflect that a percentage of attendees will develop a compulsive addiction to gambling. Some of these same students may become addicted at some point in their life. I have found that gambling addictions are not age sensitive. First-time gamblers of any age can develop a gambling addiction. Usually a friend or family member brings them to the gambling establishment. First, it was difficult for me to understand how a 65-year-old retired with a fixed income becomes addicted to gambling. The older people I spoke to were very upset and did not understand how it had happened to them. The unfortunate part is that they lost their pensions and now only have their Social Security to live on. In one case, the grandmother has to move in with her daughter.
There is very little difference between supervised gambling and allowing supervisees to drink alcoholic beverages or serve students their choice of corks on a silver platter. If a principal serves a student an alcoholic beverage, he will be arrested. I am trying to understand UFABET how school educators and parents can distinguish between alcohol and gambling on school property. How is one more acceptable than the other?
Studies have shown that there is a correlation between alcohol addiction and gambling addiction. The correlation was based on the people who attend the Gamblers Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
It would be a shame to know ten years from now that students who participated in supervised play at High Sc