Adolescent gambling on the internet: a review

Int J Adolesc Med Health. Jan-Mar 2010;22(1):59-75.


Internet gambling is a relatively under-researched area. While our current knowledge remains in its infancy and the prevalence rates are relatively low, researchers and clinicians are predicting greater involvement among youth. A comprehensive search of the relevant literature was undertaken. The resulting relevant literature was classified into four areas. These were (a) the empirical studies on adolescent internet gambling, (b) online gambling-like experiences in adolescence, (c) adolescent gambling via social networking sites, and (d) adolescent gambling via online penny auction sites. Age verification in relation to prevention and regulation is also examined. It is concluded that young people appear to be very proficient in using and accessing new media and are likely to be increasingly exposed to remote gambling opportunities. These young people will therefore require education and guidance to enable them to cope with the challenges of convenience gambling in all its guises.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Age Factors
  • Behavior, Addictive / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Gambling*
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Impulsive Behavior
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk-Taking
  • Social Support
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology