<![CDATA[Pressat Main Newswire]]> https://pressat.co.uk/ https://pressat.co.uk/media/site/logo.png https://pressat.co.uk/category/children-teenagers/ en-gb Copyright: (C) Pressat Pressat <![CDATA[ Two school teachers launch free app to tackle bad behaviour ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/two-school-teachers-launch-free-app-to-tackle-bad-behaviour-c0f5b3ecd421b29ce6f6bcc9314605d5 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/two-school-teachers-launch-free-app-to-tackle-bad-behaviour-c0f5b3ecd421b29ce6f6bcc9314605d5 Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Two teachers have launched LifeGames, a free app designed to address increasing behavioural issues in UK and Irish schools. It comes after exclusive research revealed an urgent call by teachers for more development of social skills within the current education system.

The free app teaches key life and social skills such as empathy, respect, responsibility and effective communication through a collection of over 40 activities and games for three age groups (3-5, 6-9, 10-12). A further 250+ activities and games are also available in a variety of modestly-priced premium packs.

Frustrated by the increased focus on academic achievement at the expense of essential life skills, and driven by their experiences of teaching children with behavioural issues, teachers Lukarte Turner and Gabriela Andino developed the LifeGames activities to help reverse the trend of misbehaviour and social ineptitude, and give a helping hand to our already highly stressed teachers.

"LifeGames activities have been created thinking about children, of course," says Lukarte, "but also thinking about teachers, because they are the ones who told us how much stress they’re under and how difficult their job is. LifeGames has been designed with them in mind, to give them a vital classroom resource that helps students understand a better way of living, happier, healthier and more connected to each other. Students need to learn more about life and about themselves, and teachers, together with parents, can help them with that."

Initial research by LifeGames revealed that teachers claim empathy is the most lacking of social skills taught in the current education system, with other key words such as compassion, respect, resilience, cooperation and responsibility also mentioned. 87% of teachers surveyed said they were likely to use a product that helped develop these social skills and traits, with 90% saying they’d use it at least once per week.

LifeGames activities were successfully trialled in a pilot program involving 22 schools in the UK and Ireland in January 2019, receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from teachers who rated the activities according to their simplicity, popularity and effectiveness. With most activities scoring at least 4 out of 5, teachers reported that students were motivated and engaged by the activities, felt better able to express themselves, were more respectful of others, and had a greater sense of responsibility afterwards.

"One of the problems teachers were telling us was a lack of time," says Lukarte. "We created this app with that in mind. Our activities are very simple, short, easy to use and have proven highly effective."

Activities in the collection include role-playing games that tackle bullying, puzzles that incentivise cooperation, team challenges that promote leadership and responsibility, tasks that foster trust and good communication, group projects that inspire sharing and community thinking. Premium users also get access to a lesson planner to help fit activities around normal class scheduling.

LifeGames is available as a free app from Google Play and App Store, and also in a large format, illustrated teachers handbook entitled 'Introducing LifeGames - 101 Fun Life Learning Activities for Juniors, available from Amazon.co.uk.

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17 Sep 2019 12:55:02 GMT
<![CDATA[ “A country where Youth Leads” - Youth charity Xplode Rebrands ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/a-country-where-youth-leads-youth-charity-xplode-rebrands-42d677191b472c5209d47c30bad68362 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/a-country-where-youth-leads-youth-charity-xplode-rebrands-42d677191b472c5209d47c30bad68362 Friday 13 September, 2019

Popular youth charity Xplode Magazine has rebranded to Youth Leads marking a change of focus for the organisation that was established by a group of 15 year olds in 2011.

The charity’s young volunteers, trustees and supporters came up with the new name and the new visual identity was designed by branding agency, Think EQ.

The rebrand comes as the organisation celebrates upskilling 5,000 young people and offering 300 volunteering opportunities.

Future plans include the development of a national programme encouraging and supporting young people into trustee and school governor positions as well as events to recognise the efforts of young people serving their communities.

Saimah Malji, Chair of Youth Leads said:

“We’re really excited about the next chapter! We wanted a brand that says more about what we’re here to do. We have a vision of a country where youth leads and our new programmes, brand and focus will provide a real step-change in what we do.”

Saeed Atcha MBE DL, Youth Leads CEO said:

“When I set up Xplode as a 15 year old, I never expected us to still be around now! We were just a magazine when we started but now we do a lot more to get young people better skilled, empowered by their potential and influencing change in their communities.”

Drshna Vara, CEO at Think EQ said:

"Working on the Youth Leads brand was fantastic. We held a number of workshops and our teams were able to understand the organisation and help create a brand which not only connects to its young audience, but also works across all other platforms whilst maintaining its current heritage.

We are looking forward to the future growth of Youth Leads and seeing where the new brand takes them."

Youth Leads will publish Xplode Magazine four times per-year in schools, colleges, youth centres, Starbucks and ASDA stores in Greater Manchester alongside its programmes for volunteer and skills development.

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13 Sep 2019 07:05:02 GMT
<![CDATA[ Brexit a Bigger Threat to Children's Future than Climate Change According to 1 in 5 Parents ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/brexit-a-bigger-threat-to-childrens-future-than-climate-change-according-to-1-in-5-parents-6cc2db19a36431cf3b249263f0440179 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/brexit-a-bigger-threat-to-childrens-future-than-climate-change-according-to-1-in-5-parents-6cc2db19a36431cf3b249263f0440179 Thursday 12 September, 2019

Parents have plenty to worry about. But 1 in 5 parents with children under the age of 18 believe the biggest threat to their children’s futures is Brexit.

That’s according to a recent survey carried out by Perpetual Fostering, which polled 2,000 UK Mums and Dads about the future for their children.

Brexit didn’t poll highest on the list of threats, however. The top spot went to the “rising cost of living,” with 41% citing this as their biggest concern. Climate change took 23% of the vote.

How it Varies Regionally

There are slight variations in the findings regionally too, with the highest Brexit concern in Northern Ireland (28.3%) and the highest concern about the cost of living in Yorkshire (47.50%).

RegionClimate ChangeBrexitThe Employment MarketThe Rising Cost of LivingOther (Please SpecifySouth East26.80%14.80%10.50%44.70%3.10%South West25.20%20.90%13.70%38.80%1.40%West Midlands23.30%14.90%16.70%43.30%1.90%North West21.30%18.70%16.20%41.30%2.60%North East21.60%21.60%16.70%38.20%2.00%Yorkshire21.20%17.30%11.70%47.50%2.20%East Midlands20.40%21.10%10.60%46.50%1.40%East England24.20%15.40%13.40%45.60%1.30%Scotland24.10%26.20%16.60%30.30%2.80%Northern Ireland23.90%28.30%15.20%32.60%0.00%Wales 26.30%21.10%12.60%36.80%3.20%London22.00%20.90%18.90%36.50%1.70%

Other Answers

Of the 2% respondents who gave another specified answer, common answers included:

CrimeTerrorismThe Government

Lisa Witter, Manager at Perpetual Fostering, comments:

“There are so many things for parents and carers to worry about! Climate change and the political landscape are both concerns for many. But clearly parents are predominantly concerned with the immediate and clear threat of the rising cost of living and how that will have an impact on their children.

Ever topical, Brexit wasn’t too far off climate change in terms of how parents rate the threat. Much of this could be related to the sheer uncertainty of it all and the fact none of us really know what will happen yet.”

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12 Sep 2019 13:15:05 GMT
<![CDATA[ Campaigners hail government plans to ban gambling in games ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/campaigners-hail-government-plans-to-ban-gambling-in-games-0b3459068e40e3bc50d6550daa0dc72a https://pressat.co.uk/releases/campaigners-hail-government-plans-to-ban-gambling-in-games-0b3459068e40e3bc50d6550daa0dc72a Thursday 12 September, 2019

Today MPs have argued that so-called 'loot boxes' in video games for children should be regulated under gambling law and banned from children. 

The feature, which allows players to stake real money for better weapons, player upgrades and gaming add-ons, has been dubbed as simulated gambling by campaigners which is fuelling a hidden epidemic of child gambling addicts.

Research from the GambleAware charity suggests that 55,000 children aged under 18 are addicted to gambling and the Safer Online Gambling Group's survey from August 2019 suggests that loot boxes and in-game purchases are costing Britain over £270m each year.

A report published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport today urges the Government to crack down on these gaming features which MPs call lucrative games of chance. 

Adam Bradford, director of the Safer Online Gambling Group welcomed today's news. He said: "It is high time video games companies took responsibility for the highly addictive content they are putting in front of children. Our research this summer showed that this area is of serious concern to parents, with the average spend per young person estimated at £500-600 per year on these games, these practices are bankrupting young people before they become young adults. After my father's gambling addiction spiralled out of control and led him to jail several years ago, we are passionate about protecting the next generation from the harms of gambling addiction and that is why we have raised the alarm on this issue - we are delighted the Government has seen sense on this important issue." 

The report today challenges the Government to prove why loot boxes should be regarded in a different way to any other gambling product. 

Committee chair Damian Collins MP pointed the finger at game companies and social networking sites for their "relentless battle to capture ever more of people's attention, time and money".

He said: "Their business models are built on this, but it's time for them to be more responsible in dealing with the harms these technologies can cause for some users.

"Loot boxes are particularly lucrative for games companies but come at a high cost, particularly for problem gamblers, while exposing children to potential harm.

"Buying a loot box is playing a game of chance and it is high time the gambling laws caught up.

The report says it "struggled to get clear answers and useful information from companies across the games industry", describing them as "wilfully obtuse", but hopes the inquiry will focus minds on the potential harms.

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12 Sep 2019 07:21:08 GMT
<![CDATA[ Opendium Launches Green Online Safety Scheme ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/opendium-launches-green-online-safety-scheme-4e5daf34fcf1afe885179ed1fc8e575e https://pressat.co.uk/releases/opendium-launches-green-online-safety-scheme-4e5daf34fcf1afe885179ed1fc8e575e Tuesday 10 September, 2019

British Online Safety Business Launches Green Web Filtering for UK Schools.

United Kingdom. (September, 2019) - With concern about climate change growing, we all have a responsibility to do our bit for the environment. Schools, as much as anyone, must look after their students' futures. This September, web filtering supplier Opendium is launching a new scheme to help UK schools to meet their online safety obligations in an environmentally responsible way.

Opendium has been helping schools across the UK to protect children for 14 years. The most obvious part of their work is to protect children from the internet's many dangers whilst safeguarding and promoting the huge number of ways that the internet can be used for their benefit. Going beyond that, people live much of their lives online these days and Opendium are perfectly placed to spot children who are facing serious challenges in the offline world too. School staff can be given an early warning so that they can intervene and help children suffering from problems such as abuse, depression, drug abuse, etc.

"But we must never overlook the fact that environmental damage, such as climate change, is putting those same children at risk," explained Opendium's Technical Director, Steve Hill. "Opendium believe that protecting children from the immediate dangers must never come at the expense of putting their future in jeopardy."

Opendium has partnered with sustainable development experts ClimateCare to offer a simple way for schools to safeguard their students in an environmentally responsible way.

ClimateCare works with organisations around the world to invest in accredited carbon reduction projects. Their portfolio of projects not only offset CO2 emissions, but provide immediate and tangible improvements to peoples' lives.

Whilst Opendium's cloud based online safety products are hosted in data centres that use 100% clean energy, they were concerned about the CO2 emissions from their, more popular, on-premises options. Opendium's new carbon offsetting scheme, in partnership with ClimateCare, offers schools a simple way to meet their environmental and social responsibilities whilst keeping children safe online.

"Opendium are very proud to partner with leading carbon reduction experts ClimateCare, who are trusted by many of the world's leading organisations to help to reduce their carbon footprint."

Established in 2005, Opendium supply sector-leading online safety, web filtering, firewalling and networking expertise to the UK education sector. Opendium's culture centres around taking ownership of the customer's problems to support and deliver a timely solution.

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10 Sep 2019 14:53:01 GMT
<![CDATA[ YOU ARE AWESOME! A BIG, YELLOW THANK YOU TO THE EMERGENCY SERVICES ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/you-are-awesome-a-big-yellow-thank-you-to-the-emergency-services-18afeb60401bd7d171219fc6c3da6d25 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/you-are-awesome-a-big-yellow-thank-you-to-the-emergency-services-18afeb60401bd7d171219fc6c3da6d25 Monday 9 September, 2019

Friday 20th
September 2019, London, UK: An open-topped, double-decker, bright yellow bus will be driven all around London stopping at Ambulance Stations, Fire Stations, Police Stations and Hospitals giving out coffee, donuts and gifts to say thank you to the awesome men and women of the Emergency Services.

September 2019, will be a day to remember for all of the amazing people who protect us and save lives every day. The mission of the day is to permanently cement respect and gratitude from the public in the form of continuous kind gestures to the Emergency Services; like buying someone a coffee, a donut, or some other way of saying thank you. The more sporadic and unexpected the gestures are, the more special they will feel.

Michael Howard, Founder of The Awesome Movement said, “Following a BBC News article in September 2018 of notes being left on an Ambulance berating paramedics for parking over a drive whilst on an emergency call, I was shocked, but also made a realisation, we don’t show our appreciation enough. Almost immediately I created a group of like-minded individuals to help change the way that we as a country think about our awesome Emergency Services teams throughout the country going out and risking their lives to protect and save ours.”

Shocking facts:

Around eight paramedics are subjected to a serious attack every day, including stabbings, assaults and verbal abuse.
Recorded attacks on Firefighters have soared to a whopping 900 per year.
Over 15% of nursing staff have experienced physical violence from patients, relatives or members of the public.

Michael and his team of Awesome Appreciators will be driving an open-topped bright yellow bus all around London to shout about the amazing work that these brave men and women do every single day. Starting at 0630am at London Ambulance HQ, Waterloo Road, SE1, they will be visiting Ambulance Stations, Fire Stations, Police Stations and Hospitals giving out coffee, donuts and gifts.

Michael says, “Putting yourself in danger, saving someone’s life and dealing with harrowing events every day is unbelievable and worthy of our huge appreciation and gratitude. Our goal is to have a National Awesome Day every year, but more importantly we want the public to show their appreciation continually. For example; when you see someone from the emergency services, say thank you, buy them a coffee, make them feel appreciated.”

The Awesome Movement was founded in 2018 in London, UK by Michael Howard as a response to the horrific statistics relating to how Emergency Services staff are treated.

Instagram: @awesome_movement

Facebook: @awesomemovement

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09 Sep 2019 17:40:30 GMT
<![CDATA[ Parents of little girl whose heart was restarted on fundraising mission for charity ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/parents-of-little-girl-whose-heart-was-restarted-on-fundraising-mission-for-charity-1bc6f8c56c19903d9d64d9f9b5a88850 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/parents-of-little-girl-whose-heart-was-restarted-on-fundraising-mission-for-charity-1bc6f8c56c19903d9d64d9f9b5a88850 Tuesday 3 September, 2019

The parents of a little girl whose heart was restarted at just a few weeks old are fastening their running shoes to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust and CHUF, two charities that helped them throughout their ordeal.

At just a few days old, little Holly Hutchinson developed a temperature and was diagnosed with viral meningitis. Discharged home after 48 hours as no treatment was required, the tot’s condition rapidly deteriorated and she became life-threateningly ill. At Sunderland Royal Hospital, Holly’s heart rate climbed to 320 beats per minute in an abnormal rhythm caused by an infection in her heart. Doctors had to try and shock Holly’s heart into the correct rhythm, resorting to dunking her head into a bucket of ice cold water for five seconds. After multiple attempts to shock her heart with other methods, she was rushed to Newcastle Freeman Hospital where the process was repeated and she was intubated.

Despite the bleak initial outlook, Holly made an incredible recovery spending just ten days at Freeman Hospital before being discharged home. Throughout her treatment in Newcastle, her parents, and older sister Emily, were supported by The Sick Children’s Trust which gave them a place to stay at its ‘Home from Home’ Scott House. Dad Ian, who is running the Great North Run to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust, said:

“Right in front of our eyes, we could see the blood retracting from Holly’s limbs to try and protect her core, making her go grey. It was absolutely horrendous to see our newborn become so ill, so quickly. Watching her being submerged in the water and be prodded with needles like a pin cushion is something no parent wants to see. It was so hard knowing there was nothing we could do.

“When we arrived at Freeman Hospital we were taken into a side room and left there while they tried to save Holly’s life. We felt like we were there for an age, but we knew she was in the best possible place. Holly is a little legend, and she started to fight back after they shocked her heart and various other procedures. It was only ten minutes until midnight on New Year’s Eve when we received the news that her heart had gone back into its normal rhythm and was stable. Suddenly fireworks were going off and people were cheering – it was surreal. If we’d arrived 20 minutes later, Holly might not be here today.

“We spent a couple of hours with our baby, who was unrecognisable and covered in wires and tubes. It was the early hours when a nurse popped in and said we needed to get some rest and told us about The Sick Children’s Trust. She handed us keys to Scott House, which was a short walk away. It was such a relief knowing we didn’t have to drive home, we could stay as close as possible to Holly. We unlocked the door and found our own private room. We needed to be together that night after what had happened and what could’ve happened, The Sick Children’s Trust made that possible.”

The Sick Children’s Trust supported Ian, Jen and their eldest daughter, Emily, while Holly recovered at Freeman Hospital. With direct phone access to the wards from their room, the couple were able to get a peaceful night’s sleep while being safe in the knowledge they were only minutes from Holly’s side. Ian added:

“It’s completely underappreciated how important it is to be together as a family when your child’s in hospital. Being with Emily and Jen made such a difference, it kept me sane. The Sick Children’s Trust takes away the stress of being separated so you don’t have to worry about it. You can just focus on getting your child home.

“The Sick Children’s Trust relies entirely on voluntary donations to run its ‘Homes from Home’ and give families, like ours, a place to stay. Jen and I are so grateful to the charity for keeping us together that I wanted to do something for them. It costs them £30 to support a family for one night, so I’m aiming to raise £500 which I’ve already exceeded!

“We’re up to nine miles in our training and it’s tough. But if Holly can hold on with a heartbeat of 320, a half marathon should be pretty simple right?”

To support Ian in his fundraising, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-hutchinson35

For further information about The Sick Children’s Trust, please visit sickchildrenstrust.org

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03 Sep 2019 21:03:44 GMT
<![CDATA[ Charity hosts pop-up tinnitus expo in London ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/charity-hosts-pop-up-tinnitus-expo-in-london-6e54576fc6ee6fc2483798a2551ccf26 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/charity-hosts-pop-up-tinnitus-expo-in-london-6e54576fc6ee6fc2483798a2551ccf26 Monday 2 September, 2019

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2 September 2019 Comedian Samantha Baines, journalist and Newsround presenter Ricky Boleto, musician James Kennedy and DJ Anne Savage will be among the speakers at a unique pop-up Expo being held in London for those living with tinnitus. The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) are hosting the Expo to highlight the support that is available for the 7 million people living with tinnitus in the UK. The national charity will be bringing together tinnitus experts, providers of services, as well as celebrities living with the condition, to give their input on how sufferers can improve their quality of life and learn to live well with tinnitus.

The Expo will feature presentations from renowned tinnitus experts, taster sessions of Tai Chi, Mindfulness-based CBT and reflexology and the chance for a one-to-one advice session with a member of the skilled BTA team as well as many other sessions. To round off the day, there will be a celebrity panel discussion featuring Newsround presenter Ricky Boleto, actor and comedian Sam Baines, DJ and producer Anne Savage and musician James Kennedy. The Expo will be held at Goldsmiths University, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW on Saturday 14 September 2019.

Marcus Bowen, Events Manager for the BTA says, “Following a sell-out event in Birmingham last year, we’re so excited to be heading to London. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading experts in tinnitus so pop in to our pop-up Expo to learn more about tinnitus and its management techniques.”

Ricky Boleto is keen to learn more about tinnitus and how to manage it. He said: “When the tinnitus is bad it can be almost deafening. Wearing an ear piece in the studio, it makes the job I do hard.”

BTA Ambassador Sam Baines, currently starring in Magic Mike Live at the Hippodrome, said “I wish I’d had more information like this when I was younger as I may have got a diagnosis and relevant support earlier.”

Retired solicitor Pat Kelly from Leeds said “I’ve had tinnitus since 2012 and have to deal with it on a daily basis. There is bags of support out there and leading the way is the BTA, who are outstanding. I would say to anyone with tinnitus pick up as much information as you can, and the BTA are a reliable source of good, solid information and support and I can’t speak more highly of them.”

Tickets are still available for the Expo but are very limited – visit www.tinnitus.org.uk/expo2019 to secure your place. Alternatively, please contact Marcus Bowen on 0114 260 9933 or email marcus@tinnitus.org.uk


Editors Notes

The BTA is an independent charity which supports 645,000 people per year who experience tinnitus and advises medical professionals from across the world. It is the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK. 

• The BTA needs to raise £800,000 each year to continue their UK wide support. Donations can be made via www.tinnitus.org.uk/donate

• Not an illness or disease, tinnitus is a term that describes the sensation of hearing a noise in the absence of an external sound. The noise can have virtually any quality. Ringing, whistling, and buzzing are common, but more complex sounds may also be reported.

For more information and interview/photo opportunities

Nic Wray, Communications Manager


0114 250 9933 (option 5)

British Tinnitus Association
Ground Floor Unit 5 Acorn Business Park
Woodseats Close
Sheffield, S8 0TB

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02 Sep 2019 13:00:30 GMT
<![CDATA[ "If you do one thing today, go home and talk to your family about the new organ donation law." ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/if-you-do-one-thing-today-go-home-and-talk-to-your-family-about-the-new-organ-donation-law-adac8d0f415c7cc4846681565ea7aea9 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/if-you-do-one-thing-today-go-home-and-talk-to-your-family-about-the-new-organ-donation-law-adac8d0f415c7cc4846681565ea7aea9 Monday 2 September, 2019

Dear Editor,

With Organ Donation Week beginning next week, it’s humbling to look back on how far we’ve come in the last year. Once again we are supporting NHS Blood and Transplant and Organ Donation Week 2019 and it’s with thanks to individuals tirelessly raising awareness about the need for a change in the law that next year all adults will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die, unless they record a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups

The Sick Children’s Trust recognises that this is an enormous step in the right direction but we’re mindful that the change in the law won’t directly impact the families we support. Families of children waiting for an organ transplant. Many children still face a long wait for a donor organ to become available, and will continue to need support from charities like ours to support them on this journey. Children will not be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs under the new law, their parents will be asked about organ donation – children can choose to register or their parents can register them.

When the new law is implemented, the family of a loved one will continue to play a vital role in organ donation. This is why we are calling on parents and children across England to talk about it. Know what your loved one’s choice is and register your choice on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Every day at The Sick Children’s Trust we meet families who are facing the agonising wait for the news that an organ has become available for their child. They could be waiting for many months with their child in hospital. On average, a child waiting for a donor heart will wait two-and-a-half times longer than an adult on the list, often at a hospital far away from home. Parents may find themselves having to split their time between children, travelling hundreds of miles to be with their seriously ill child with many sleepless nights on hospital chairs.

While awareness is being raised around the need for organs for children, The Sick Children’s Trust promises to be there for these families, giving them a comfortable place to stay just minutes away from their child’s hospital bedside.

Editor, we ask that if you and your readers do one thing today that it is to go home and talk about the new organ donation law and make sure you know your loved one’s decision so more lives across the country can be saved.

Kindest regards,

Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive at The Sick Children’s Trust

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02 Sep 2019 12:36:42 GMT
<![CDATA[ Half of children at risk of gambling addiction, warns study ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/half-of-children-at-risk-of-gambling-addiction-warns-study-ff7a9b4c734e45bce25bcfefda9b7162 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/half-of-children-at-risk-of-gambling-addiction-warns-study-ff7a9b4c734e45bce25bcfefda9b7162 Wednesday 28 August, 2019

Today, a survey to be launched at 10 Downing Street by the Safer Online Gambling Group exposes Britain’s hidden epidemic of young people spending millions of pounds every year on in-app purchases and video game add-ons.

The survey estimates that young people and families could be losing over £270m each year through so called ‘loot boxes’ which offer the chance to gain greater players or upgrades in video games and mobile apps in return for cash. 1 in 2 young people (11-18) encountered in the survey had used a loot box recently and the average spend on in-game content per person was estimated at £500-600 per year.

One in ten young people are thought to have accidentally spent money on in-app purchases and 95% used gaming apps on their mobile or tablet devices according to the report. The survey also documents the rise in adverts being shown for betting to young people underage on social media and through affiliate advertising platforms inside mobile and tablet based games.

SOGG, led by entrepreneur Adam Bradford (26) and his father David (63), was born out of the pair’s joint concern about gambling addiction and gaming which mimics gambling for children; after David spent time in jail for stealing money to pay for his out of control gambling addiction in 2014. The former financial controller racked up hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of debt through loans, remortgaging his house and betting for over 30 years in secret and left his family to pick up the pieces. The pair have campaigned against Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and lobby for tighter regulation on online gambling. The group has the support of the Labour party, several MPs, the NHS and leading bookmakers.

Adam Bradford, Director of the Safer Online Gambling Group said: ‘It is simply absurd that young people who are not even of legal age to place a bet are being exposed to gambling content and insidious addictive gaming from the age of 3. One case study told us that his child had been playing a maths game on his iPad and was then incentivised to level up the game and at the end of each level was rewarded with casino-lookalike chips into a digital wallet. The links between gaming and gambling need to be studied carefully and the gambling industry needs to make absolutely sure that its affiliates and marketing agencies are screening out young people from digital adverts so that those who are under-age for betting are not exposed to addictive content and enthralling free bet offers before they are even legally allowed to vote. 

Online gambling is a silent killer and we already know as a society how devastating the effects of a gambling addiction can be. Whilst 2 million people in the general population are at risk of developing a gambling addiction, we need to stamp out these underhanded practices from gaming and gambling companies now through introducing age requirements for digital adverts and a complete ban on in-app purchases in games licensed for children, before more families across the country are bankrupted.’

The pair will hand in the research to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and they are calling on the industry and Government to act. They believe in-game purchasing should be barred by default on games and apps and that gameplay should not mimic gambling or link social or financial success to purchases made. They also want tighter rules on advertising and affiliates, so young people have less chance of seeing gambling content under age. 

 A full copy of the report is available at www.saferonlinegambling.org/research.

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28 Aug 2019 07:06:49 GMT