About YGAM and The Parent Hub

Who are YGAM?


The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) is a national charity with a social purpose to inform, educate and safeguard young and vulnerable people, helping them build resilience and understand the potential harms caused by gambling and gaming.



This is achieved through evidence-led, evaluated and accredited education programmes and resources for anyone who works with or cares for young and vulnerable people, including teachers, youth workers, community volunteers and mental health specialists. YGAM also works closely with universities and students to raise awareness of gambling and gaming related harm.



The charity was set up in 2014, following Lee, Anne and Keith’s devastating experiences with gambling.  Watch our Founders’ Stories to learn about the impact gambling had on their lives and why they are so passionate about safeguarding young and vulnerable people.  


The Parent Hub


Parents can often feel overwhelmed in a world of constantly advancing technology and YGAM is keen to provide simple, usable resources to help parents have honest and open conversations with their children around the topics of gaming and gambling. In keeping with its social purpose, the YGAM Parent Hub is looking to: Inform parents of ways to build their children’s resilience online and offline, creating a healthy balance and providing resources to help parents engage with their children. Educate parents around gaming, in-app purchases and gambling, helping them understand the potential harms caused by online play and the blurred lines between gaming and gambling. Safeguard children through the use of online safety settings and increased awareness of how to stay safe and resilient in their environment. These resources have been developed after listening to the views of young people and parents.

What We Offer

Information & Support for Primary-Aged Children

To support parents and carers around online play, we have developed a hub of informative resources. Explore online gaming and why your children engage with gaming, the link between microtransactions and gambling, how your children are exposed to gambling, identify the related harms and set boundaries.

Information & Support for Secondary Ages 11-14

Children are growing up in a digital world and are able to navigate the internet with ease. Explore online gaming, microtransactions and the links to gambling activities, and find out how to identify gaming and gambling related harm. This section includes support materials to establish healthy balances and set boundaries for your family.

Information & Support for Secondary Ages 15-18

As young people prepare for independent living, explore online play along with the increased opportunities to legally gamble, and get a better understanding of how to recognise the related harms. Provide your children with tools to establish a healthy online/offline balance and build resilience as they start to gain independence.

Activities

Primary-Aged Children

A selection of activities for parents who have primary-aged children. These have been developed to help provide you with the tools and techniques to create a healthy online/offline balance.

Secondary Ages 11-14

As young people start to get their own phones and increased access to the online world, it can be tricky to establish a healthy online/offline balance. We have designed some activities for your children to engage in, helping them build resilience and find suitable alternatives.

Secondary Ages 15-18

Helping young people to establish a healthy balance between the online and offline world can be tricky. We have designed some activities for your children to engage in, helping them build their resilience and prepare for independent living.