A key element of proposed legislation to regulate Internet gambling activity is to combat the threat of minors engaging in Internet gambling. Right now, Internet gambling sites are not required to block minors from betting online.
Regulation combined with effective and proven security controls would block minors from gambling online. Controls to combat the threat of underage Internet gambling may include:
- When registering at a gambling site, the user would be required to provide a range of personal information and asked a series of detailed questions, including some which are derived from their credit history
- This information would then be run through existing third-party systems, such as databases from the Social Security Administration and Departments of Motor Vehicles, to confirm that the data being provided is accurate
- Internet gambling operators can also request physical copies of identification documents, such as a utility bill or driver’s license, for verification upon registering
Some of these controls would also be used by Internet gambling operators to protect against identity theft.
Tips for Combating Underage Gambling
- Use child protection software to block gambling sites
- Do not leave the computer unattended if you are logged onto an Internet gambling site
- Do not share your credit card or bank account details with your children
- Do not leave the "Save Password" option enabled on your computer or with any Internet gambling site
- Create separate profiles for your children on computers so that when they log in they cannot access your information