"Today, young men, the most susceptible to becoming problem gamblers, are using the internet to risk thousands of dollars daily on sports without the legally mandated safeguards that casinos and regulated sports books must follow," writes the New York Times in a recent article discussing the rising phenomenon of online fantasy sports betting.
Journalists interviewed Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, Chair of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling and High-Risk Behaviours. The authors, Walt Bogdanovich, James Glanz and Agustin Armendariz, argue that 2006 legislation attempting to curb online gambling has been largely inneffective, citing difficulties regulating the complexities of the world wide web and suspicions of insider dealings.
Dr. Derevensky is a Professor of School/Applied Child Psychology with our Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. In addition he is an Associate Professor with McGill's Department of Psychiatry and Associate Professor with McGill's Department of Community Dentistry. Dr. Derevensky's research has focused on child and adolescent high-risk behaviours. He has provided expert testimony before legislative bodies in several countries, and his work has resulted in important social policy and governmental changes.
[read "Cash Drops and Keystrokes: The Dark Reality of Sports Betting and Daily Fantasy Games," by Walt Bogdanovich, James Glanz and Agustin Armendariz, New York Times, October 15, 2015]