GO GIRLS: Darren Burns (centre) took Tyrah Thompson, Breanna Hoskin, Bridgette Webber and Olivia Cain and their teams out for a run, and taught them a few important life lessons.
GO GIRLS: Darren Burns (centre) took Tyrah Thompson, Breanna Hoskin, Bridgette Webber and Olivia Cain and their teams out for a run, and taught them a few important life lessons. Meg Gannon

Broncos target the secret issue affecting our kids

RUGBY LEAGUE: It's an issue we hear about predominantly in Australian adults, but did you know gambling is now affecting our children?

Darren Burns and the team at the Brisbane Broncos took to our local schools with a pivotal message: "play the game, don't let the game play you”.

"It's these apps that kids have on their iPads and iPhones where you can buy credits,” Burns said.

"They're finding that kids are actually starting to become addicted to these things.

"It's actually listed on the World Health Organisation as an epidemic.

"These kids are getting hooked because they're trying to get to the next level... But to do that, they're spending money. And this has been linked to causing gambling problems later in life.”

The team at the Broncos paired up with Lifeline to teach the kids at Dalby State School and Dalby South State School an important lesson in not letting the gaming go too far.

Combined with an important lesson were plenty of physical activities as well.

The team took the students outside for some footy drills to promote physical health and wellbeing.

The girls Dalby Devils teams were also treated to a training session with Burns, along with a reiteration of the lesson learned in schools about not gambling.

"Whether you're a boy or a girl, we just want to make sure we're targeting everyone,” Burns said.

"It's a problem for everyone, not just a problem for the boys.

"We want to make sure they become aware of it.”

The main goal for the day was to raise awareness and bring light to an issue that might otherwise fly under the radar, despite its severity.

"We want the kids to go home with the knowledge knowing what these apps can do to them, and what the long-term consequences can be,” Burns said.



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