A 14-year-old boy has lost $7000 in three months of gambling at an online casino using his father's credit card and faked identity details. The Melbourne boy's mother, Patricia, said she could not believe how easily her son got through identity and security screens. "He simply used his dad's credit card and some basic identity information that made him look like an adult," she said. "It was probably only a dozen clicks of a computer mouse and he was gambling on this overseas casino website. "He managed to lose $7000 before we noticed what was going on. "My son seems to have gone from being keen on playing games on the internet to gambling. It's a worrying thing. "If he could do it so easily how many others are, or could be, falling into the same traps?"
The boy, who the Sunday Herald Sun has chosen not to identify, is receiving counselling for a possible internet addiction. Youth psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg said growing numbers Australian youth were becoming addicted to the internet.
"It is frontier without laws, where things are not always as they seem and people are not always who they say they are," he said.
Dr Carr-Gregg said schools and governments had a major role in encouraging parents to be much more proactive when it came to young people and the internet.