Tuesday June 12, 2012
Monitor children’s time on computer
THAT young students have fallen into debt gambling on the Internet should be cause for concern among the authorities and public (The Star, June 11).
Students should concentrate on their studies and should not indulge in activities that will land them heavily in debt.
It is bad enough for these young students to lose their pocket money gambling on the Internet, but it will be a nightmare for them and their parents if they were to resort to borrowing from ah longs to feed this negative habit.
Parents should monitor their children if they spend long periods on the computer instead of doing their homework or revising their studies.
It is difficult for the police to stop people from gambling on the Internet as it is next to impossible to catch the culprits in the act, unlike if the police were to raid illegal gambling dens and catch the gamblers red-handed.
This makes it easy for gambling syndicates to seduce young and old alike to gamble on the Net, causing these people to lose their hard-earned money.
Illegal gambling is a multi-billion ringgit industry where syndicates reap in clean profits, without having to pay taxes.
Even sports activities like Euro 2012 have caused punters to bet on their favourite teams, and they will be the poorer if they cannot control their gambling habits.
When will people learn that one can never be rich through gambling, be it at the numbers forecast or casino or race tracks. Except for a lucky few, the rest lose big.
The gambling syndicates will laugh all the way to the bank, thanks to gullible people who should know better.