Did you know that 10 to 14% of youth ages 12 to 17 are at risk of developing a problem with gambling?
Finding an alternative hobby to gaming or being online can be a healthy outlet. There are many hobbies your child can get involved in, like volunteering. Engaging in this kind of work not only helps your community but also has additional personal benefits.
According to HelpGuide.org, volunteering:
- Brings you closer to others. Volunteers often work as a group. This is a great way to get your children involved while meeting people of all ages in your community and making new friends. It can also improve your children’s social skills. Volunteering requires teamwork with people who have common interests, making it the perfect opportunity for children to branch out.
- Helps the mind and body. Did you know that helping others makes you feel happier? Volunteering also can help reduce stress, anxiety, and anger because of the social interactions and connections people form while working with others.
- Gives you new skills and experiences. There are many different things your child could become involved in through volunteering. Volunteering can help people find new hobbies or build off of prior interests to get them more involved in their passions.
- Makes you feel more fulfilled. Volunteering brings people closer to their communities, new people, and their passions. It also is a fun way to explore new interests and learn more about your community — all while giving back to the people around you who need extra support.
The benefits of volunteering are a win-win for both your child and your community. It’s also a great way to get your whole family involved — together, you can all volunteer and spend time together while giving back.
Change the Game Ohio offers a wide variety of resources to help your child set limits and become aware of their gaming activities. For more information on youth gambling and to access free resources, please visit ChangeTheGame.org.