Gambling, media and minors. What rules?

thursday 19 may 2016
In Igaming and online game

Let's go back to talking about the theme of advertising to gambling and the relationship that this has with minors, taking inspiration from the interventions of the experts who participated in the recent seminar of AGCOM "Gambling, Media & Minori. What rules? ".

In USA, the phenomenon of gambling represents every day that passes an increasingly burning theme: according to statistics, the social impact that this "market" is having in our country, with an increasingly higher number of players is constantly increasing , above all As for the online sector.

Gambling in its various forms is strictly regulated by AAMS regulations (online casino, bets, poker, slot, videolottery etc.), but The real regulatory void concerns advertising to the game, rather than the game itself. Especially as regards the Internet, in addition to the other more common media such as TV and radio programs.

The fulcrum of the problem seems to be to be able to find a compromise that allows one Intelligent regulation of freedom of circulation of ideas while raising some barriers to protect minorsnull This is essentially the main theme that held the bench at the seminary organized by Agcom.

According to what the Commissioner Agcom Antonio Preto said:

The game as such is positive, the phenomenon to be regulated is the relationship between gambling and media in the protection of minors and adults who have developed a whole series of deviations [...] We must find a fair balance between the instances of those who ask for an absolute ban on advertising of gambling and the interests of companies. (As well as the protection of players in distinguishing a legal game offer from an illegal one, ed.)

In fact, according to what reported by the National Health and Adolescence Observatory, over 1.2 million are the very young under 18s who somehow have to do with gambling, a figure that cannot be taken lightly null In USA the Balduzzi decree has been in force since 2012, which provides for rules which, among others, prohibit gambling for children under 18 years of age. In fact, for a minor it is currently impossible to use a betting platform or an online casino through the internet, as operators participating in the rules of the Customs and Monopolies Agency - that is, the legal and authorized ones - must carry out a check on the registration data of the players, effectively preventing access to those who have not completed 18 years of age. However, this does not prevent too aggressive advertising on the various national media and above all on the web it causes in any case an interest of minors towards gambling, which could practice it in another way.

Maurizio Mensi, president of the Media and Minori Committee, also intervened on the subject:

The advertisement of the gambling finds in the self -regulation code and in the 2016 stability law important rules for the protection of minors, but the goal is to enlarge the range of action not only on traditional TV, but also to the web.

A commendable goal, but in our way of seeing rather difficult to put into practice. The web has always been a bit of a land of anyone, in which the boundaries between legal and illegal, moral and immoral, lawful and illicit are not always well defined. What would be desirable, given the already existing prohibitions of deceptive advertising and injection to the game, would be the creation of a supervisory authority that has the power to put into practice these prohibitions in the online sector, so as to "clean up" the web American and leave room only for those sources of information that can be considered to be aid to users for a conscious and unstopty knowledge of gambling, online or not.

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