The latest annual survey by the Gambling Commission to identify the incidence and frequency of gambling among young people in England and Wales indicates that 11-15 year olds’ claimed rate of gambling has remained relatively static over time.
Overall, 16% of 11-15 year olds spent their own money on a gambling activity in the week prior to taking part in the study – a figure that has remained in the 15-17% range since 2013, having fallen from a peak of 23% in 2011.
The most popular forms of gambling continue to be fruit machines (5%), placing a private bet with friends (5%), playing cards for money with friends (4%), and National Lottery scratchcards (4%). In total, 8% of 11-15 year olds had gambled on a commercial premises in the last week, and 8% had played games for money with friends.
Gambling in the past week is twice as prevalent among boys (21%) as among girls (11%).