A politician in North Wales called for action to tackle gambling issues among young people.
Speaking at the Wales Youth Gambling Forum in 2019, Clwyd West Assembly member Darren Millar called for "joint action to address gambling-related gambling and traditional gambling-related gambling problems among young people."
Mr. Miller, who sponsored this event and supported it since its inception in 2015, spoke of the need to address the worrying fact that around 25,000 11 to 16 years of age were classified as problematic gamblers for years before they even legally put a bet, and expressed concern that the frequency of problematic gambling is greater in this age group than the adult population as a whole.
He said: "Excessive gambling is a public health crisis that rarely receives the attention and resources that need and deserve it.
"This is a problem that destroys the lives of individuals and families throughout the country and has devastating consequences for society and it can not be right for the seed of problem gambling to be so young at so many of our children and young people.
"There is a new challenge we face when it comes to protecting our children from harmful gambling problems and does not include logging in to the betting or gambling site, only a game console or a mobile app is needed.
"Some of the most popular games among children, including Fifu, Star Wars and Fortnite, encourage players to risk real and significant amounts of money hoping they will get a digital item with no real value, often with a prospect of getting that item at 0.01 percent.
Gaming companies manipulate those who play these games, encouraging them to throw their money into what has become a digital wheel of roulette sitting in homes and bedrooms of children and teenagers across the country.
"Gambling Commission research revealed that one in three of 11 to 16 years of age gambled this way at some point.
"With children over the age of three who can play these games, it is no wonder that a significant number of young adults grow up with gambling that is normalized as part of everyday life.
"It is time for joint action to address gambling and gambling in gambling and traditional casino gambling among young people.
Darren acknowledged that some progress had been made in gambling and spoke of the great work done by the cross-gambling group at the National Assembly for Wales and All Party Group in Westminster, but said it was necessary to do even more.
He said, "Here in Wales, we continue to encourage the Greater Government to use the powers it has available to achieve greater progress in the prevention, education and treatment of gambling addiction and further powers we can transfer. But as long as we are not available, we will continue to work in the political spectrum because it is not about party policy, but about addressing public health enemies and ensuring that the new generation is not redeemed in a world where gambling is normally a daily activity. "