The Norwegian government is allocating record funds for research, prevention and treatment against gambling problems for 2024

The Ministry of Culture and Equality announced on Friday that NOK32m (£2.43m) will be allocated, with research into and knowledge of gambling harms the key focus.

The measures have been financed through monopoly operator Norsk Tipping and are being topped up by contributions from the Lotteries and Foundations Authority, the Media Authority, the Directorate of Health and the Research Council.

Culture and Equality Minister Lubna Jaffery said that the number of Norwegians with gambling problems has halved since 2019, and players who started playing at the Norwegian operators has increased: “This shows that the government’s combined efforts are yielding results. The sole-law model with strict accountability tools such as maximum loss limits, advertising bans against foreign gambling companies, payment intermediary bans, increased knowledge and prevention and good treatment at an early stage, together help to reduce the number of people who develop gambling problems“.

The Action Plan for the period 2022-2025 looks to bring down the number of people with gambling problems and increase knowledge and the sharing of knowledge of gambling and gambling problems. It also looks to identify early and give suitable treatment to those suffering from problem gambling.

A Psychologist Teaches Parents How To Fix An ‘iPad Kid’

In an era dominated by technology, children are becoming increasingly reliant on phones, tablets, televisions and computers. Research shows that schoolchildren, on average, have screen times of an astonishing seven and a half hours a day. This tremendous statistic is transforming today’s children into a collective of what is known as “iPad Kids.”

The allure of gadgets and their potential as parenting aids has led many to inadvertently raise a generation glued to screens. But what are the implications of such unrestricted access to screen time, and how can parents navigate this digital addiction to ensure a more balanced upbringing for their children? Psychological research reveals how easily a child can turn into a screen addict, as well as how the damage of extensive screen time can be reversed.

A study published in the journal Pediatrics sheds light on the prevalence of technology in households and early exposure of children to screens. Astonishingly, by age 4, half of the children in the sample were found to have their own television, and around three-fourths possessed their own mobile devices. Most concerningly, most children were found to have started using mobile devices for entertainment before the age of 1.

According to the authors, parents attributed their extensive allowance of screen time to:

• Keeping their children occupied while they do household chores

• Smoother bedtime routines

• Keeping children calm

This worrying trend seems to be fuelled by a societal shift in parenting norms. In a fast-paced world where parents juggle multiple responsibilities, the allure of screens as a convenient tool for managing children’s behavior, and occupying their time can be difficult to resist. The ease with which a tablet can pacify a restless child during a busy or tiring day might be leading parents to overlook the long-term impact of excessive screen time.

When screens become the default solution to boredom, tantrums or moments of unrest, children risk losing touch with the world around them. The instant gratification provided by a digital device, coupled with the captivating nature of screen content, can create a dependency that transcends mere entertainment.

According to a study from the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, understanding the difference between active and passive screen time is crucial in evaluating technology’s impact on children.

Active screen time, involving physically engaging activities (i.e., active video games like Nintendo Wii, PlayStation Move, etc.) or cognitively engaging activities (i.e., completing homework, visual or spatial skill-developing games), has been shown to have positive effects on children. This use of screen time can improve fitness, academic performance, attention regulation, problem-solving and socialization.

On the other hand, passive screen time, involving sedentary screen-based activities or consumption of media (i.e., watching TV, YouTube, scrolling through social media, etc.), can be detrimental. Excessive use of this screen time is often linked to issues like childhood obesity and attentional problems, as well as issues with cognitive development and language skills.

There are, however, nuances to passive screen time. Not all screen-based activities are necessarily detrimental; some educational programs and interactive apps can be positive to a child’s learning experience. But, if your child exhibits signs of an unhealthy obsession with passive screen time, it may be time to reassess their screen habits. Warning signs may include:

• Persistent resistance to engage in non-screen activities

• Difficulty transitioning from screen time to other tasks

• Increasing preoccupation with digital content at the expense of real-world interactions

Screens can dictate a child’s emotional regulation and responses, hindering the development of essential coping mechanisms. The virtual world, filled with constant stimuli and immediate rewards, can overpower the slower-paced, but equally vital, real-world experiences essential for the development of patience, resilience and social skills.

How To Regulate Your Child’s Screen Time

With the challenges of parenting in the digital age, it’s essential to approach the regulation of your child’s screen time with empathy, understanding and patience. Research emphasizes the benefits of a “screen-free week” in kick-starting screen time interventions.

Parents in the study discovered that their children were happier when engaged in activities together than during screen time, and many were able to successfully set limits on screen time thereafter. Embarking on a screen-free week can be a transformative starting point for parents attempting to balance the use of technology in their children’s lives, with reverberating effects:

1. Screen-free week reflections. Begin by reflecting on the insights gained during the screen-free week. Pay attention to the impact of reduced screen time on your child’s behavior, mood and family dynamics. Based on your observations, set age-appropriate limits for screen time, taking into consideration the developmental needs of your child.

2. Establish clear boundaries. Wait until at least age two to introduce unsupervised screen time, prioritizing high-quality educational content; toddlers will benefit more from hands-on activities than they will from screens in terms of their developmental milestones. As your child grows, set age-appropriate daily screen time limits and use parental controls to ensure the content aligns with values and age suitability. This approach safeguards against inappropriate content and cultivates responsible screen habits from an early age.

3. Lead by example. Demonstrate healthy screen habits by modeling limited and purposeful screen use for your children. Actively engage in non-screen activities to emphasize the importance of balance.

4. Engage in joint activities. Encourage activities that involve face-to-face interaction, such as board games, outdoor play or family outings. Consider using technology with your child when it’s needed; this allows further modeling of healthy use of screen time while also having quality time together. Strengthening the bond between parent and child is key to minimizing excessive screen dependence.

5. Empower your child to limit their screen time. Encourage your child to take an active role in managing their screen time by using technology itself. Teach them how to set timers for daily screen sessions. This not only imparts valuable time-management skills but also helps them self-assess when it’s time to transition to a different activity. By involving them in the process, you promote a sense of responsibility and autonomy, promoting a healthy balance between technology and other enriching experiences.

6. Create screen-free zones. Designate specific areas in your home where screens are not allowed, enforcing a balance between tech and non-tech environments. This helps create a physical boundary that promotes diverse activities.


Raising an “iPad Kid” may seem like an unintended consequence of the digital age, but it’s never too late to reshape their relationship with technology. By understanding the impact of excessive screen time and implementing practical strategies to regulate it, you can nurture a more balanced childhood. Parents who prioritize family interactions, outdoor play and shared experiences make way for a future generation that is not just tech-savvy, but also emotionally resilient and socially adept.

Source: Forbes

Responsible Gaming Foundation took part in a panel at the Eastern European Conference of the gaming industry

The Responsible Gaming Foundation (RGF) exhibited with its booth at the Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Exhibition BEGE 2022, held on November 23rd and 24th at the Inter Expo Center in Sofia. Its representatives took part in a panel at the accompanying Eastern European Gaming Industry Conference.

The guests and visitors of the trade show had the opportunity to get acquainted with the Foundation’s goals and share ideas on the implementation of future projects and partnerships.

“The Responsible Gaming Initiative was initiated by the Bulgarian Trade Association of Gaming Industry Producers and Organisers (BTAPOII), now the Gaming Industry Association of Bulgaria, in 2008,” said Mrs Rosie McKee, founder of the Responsible Gaming Foundation during the Responsible Gaming panel held on the second day of the Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS).

” The subject has been very relevant in the last few years, and we are glad that it has been embedded in the Foundation’s principles for a long time,” she added. Mrs McKee explained that systematically exploring the issue leads to the most appropriate way to address it. Meanwhile, examining the issue’s historical, economic, social and psychological aspects will contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate prevention programs.

“Responsible gambling programs are prevention programs. They are designed for the operators` entire customer base, and the goal is to stop the potential development of problematic behaviour in the first place,” Mrs McKee added. 

The Responsible Gaming panel was moderated by Dan Ilovici, Vice-President of the Romanian Rombet Association. Among the participants were Zoran Puhac, Secretary General of EOGL; Vasko Ilievski, President of Macedonian Sports Betting Association; Tatiana Scepanovic, Secretary General at Montenegro Bet and Adriana Basara, ALPIS (Bosnia and Herzegovina). All participants agreed that the foundation of addiction prevention is public awareness, with a particular focus on the youth.

Over 60 professionals from the gaming industry discussed the subject of “Responsible gaming” during a Master class

“Responsible Gaming” Master class gathered more than 60 professionals from the gaming industry at Grand Hotel Millennium on 21st November in Sofia. The event was also attended by representatives of the National Revenue Agency, and it accompanies the Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS), which will take place on 23rd and 24th of November at Inter Expo Center in the Bulgarian capital.

Proven experts of internationally recognized organizations presented the topic thoroughly and with a practical focus. “Currently this subject is highly topical. It is of crucial importance that the synergy between industry, regulator and society is well balanced in order to provide the consumers healthy and regulated environment where all risks are minimized”, explained Rossi McKee, Chairman of the Board of Responsible Gaming Foundation, which is a partner of the Master class.

Honorary lector of the Master class was Pieter Remmers, Member of the EASG Board and the EEGS Advisory Board. Among the panelists was Anton Mihov, Executive Director of Palms Merkur Casino, and member of Responsible Game Foundation. The psychologists Marina Popova, family consultant of NDAGH, and Svetoslav Kirilov, ARAP Solidarnost, conducted workshops and discussed with participants typical cases of problem gamblers in the work of casino and game hall employees.

“On one hand, responsible gaming are good practices for preventing or reducing the harm of betting, and on the other hand, it is the informed choice to be in safe and supportive conditions”, said Pieter Remmers. The CEO of Palms Merkur Casino – Anton Mihov outlined some of the myths related to the industry and commended: “It is all about preventing and controlling the unreasonable gaming, the benefits of these actions are many and they affect the industry, customers, organizer, and society in its entirety. It is important to build mutual loyalty”.

Responsible Gaming Foundation was founded in 2015. The Master class is the third event within 2022, which the Foundation organizes on topics related to responsible gaming and prevention of gambling addiction.

The Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS) is held parallel with the Balkan Entertainment & Gaming Exhibition (BEGE) that will take place on 23rd and 24th November at Inter Expo Center, Sofia. EEGS is an initiative of Association of Gaming Industry in Bulgaria (AGIB) and within its framework a special module on responsible gaming will be presented.

The Master class was held with the sponsorship of Palms Bet.

Responsible Gaming Foundation supports National Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Helpline

The long-term initiative is launched as a part of the foundation’s participation in the European Safer Gambling Week

Foundation “Responsible Gaming” provides funding to the National Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Helpline. This line is supported by a team of psychologists from the Association for Rehabilitation of Addicted People “Solidarnost”. This funding is one of the initiatives that the Foundation will realize during the European Safer Gambling Week from 17th to 23rd of October, an event organized by the European Gaming Betting Association.

“Supporting the National Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Helpline is of great importance to the foundation because our aim is to be as helpful as possible to the people in need. For maximum efficiency, callers should know that the line is free and anonymous. We believe that with this action we are creating proper conditions for the experts to solve problems in time. We will continue support such initiatives, exchange good practices and address new cases towards the psychologists” said Milena Tsnakarska, executive director of Responsible Gaming Foundation.

The National Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Helpline provides several options for prevention and treatment. At the beginning the specialists carefully examine every specific situation and they pay special attention to the family environment. Assistance is provided for both the people seeking help and their relatives.

The anonymity of any caller is guaranteed unless the person himself requests otherwise. You can contact the experts from the Association for Rehabilitation of Addicted People “Solidarnost” at +359888 99 18 66, free of charge from across the country.