Family area

Parents and caregivers, this area is for you! Here we've gathered all our resources to support you and your family to manage risks around gambling, gaming, and related technologies.

Loot boxes explained

In this video, researcher Leon Y. Xiao explains what loot boxes are, and how common they are in the video games children play. He also provides tips for parents and caregivers to manage your family's risk around these products.

You can find out more about age ratings (called PEGI ratings) or content warnings for games in ParentZone's PEGI Game Ratings guide.

Darren's story

Darren was affected by gambling harm throughout his youth and adolescence.

In this video, he shares his experience of gambling when he was a child, how his involvement escalated over time, and how gambling rewired his brain.

Fay's story

Fay is a PhD researcher on gambling harms at the University of Glasgow.

In this video, she shares her experience of gambling, domestic violence, and poor mental health. Through her recovery journey, she describes learning about the addictive design of gambling products.


When Polmont Parenting Unit met the Gambling Hub

July 3, 2024

Donna was delighted to join The Parenting Unit, earlier this year, based within Polmont HMP/YOI. Find out more about our…

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Gambling & Gaming – are you being played?

March 25, 2024

“Parents and carers feel stuck in a vulnerable position, wanting to safeguard their children from potential harm when they spend…

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Youth Fund Showcase: ‘Chasing the dream’ short film

February 5, 2024

Check out the latest Youth Fund project developed by Irvine Media Club, a group of young people in North Ayrshire….

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Youth Fund Showcase: Govan Youth Information Project’s report on gambling ads

February 5, 2024

We are delighted to share a new Youth Fund project by young people at Govan Youth Information Project (GYIP). In…

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New podcast alert! Steph Shilton’s story

January 25, 2024

Our next podcast has just dropped and we were incredibly fortunate to have had the lovely Steph Shilton come speak…

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Podcast logo showing Fast Forward logo and title Let's Hae a Blether Aboot Gambling Harms in Scotland

Podcast launch: Let’s hae a blether aboot gambling harms in Scotland

October 12, 2023

We are thrilled to share that the first episode of our podcast on gambling harms in Scotland is now live!…

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In a nutshell

Almost half (48%) of 11-16 year olds have gambled at some point in their lives. This video resource gives an engaging snapshot of some key facts around young people's gambling behaviours in GB and their experience of harm.

For each person experiencing harmful gambling, it's estimated 6 people close to them are affected. Check out this In a Nutshell resource which provides a quick explanation of how one person's harmful gambling can affect people close to them.

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Dowload the full Gambling Education Toolkit

The 2022 edition of our toolkit is packed with up-to-date research and new activities.
It has everything you need to improve your knowledge and confidence to address gambling harms in your work.