Tag: children

M&M’s told off for fruit machine dispenser

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The confectioner behind M&M’s has pulled its latest sweet-dispensing toy after being accused of “indoctrinating” kids into gambling. If only it was an April Fool.

Children viewing gambling ads at five year low, say ASA

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The latest numbers from the Advertising Standards Authority cast a new light on recent hysteria as to kids’ exposure to gambling commercials on the box. Is rushing to judgement now a prerequisite to every national debate on gambling? In what may well prove to be an embarrassing turn of events for the anti-gambling lobby,new statistics from the Advertising Standards Authority...

Hamley’s remove Lucky Slot toy following MP pressure

Toy company Hamley’s has caved into pressure from SNP MP Ronnie Cowan and suspended the sale of its Lucky Slot machine toy. The MP for Inverclyde wrote to the chief executive of Hamley’s after seeing the toy on sale in it’s Glasgow store, arguing that it risked “normalising” gambling. Rather than open itself up to any backlash, the toy company...

Effectively gambling: The regulatory dog-whistle

Loot boxes - the digital equivalent of Panini football stickers - are “effectively gambling” according to GambleAware, as the charity looks to widen its net around any form of entertainment that involves an element of chance. “More than one in ten British children are effectively gambling in popular online games,” GambleAware told The Sun, adding that loot boxes “may be...

Parents ready to spend on kids this summer, says new research

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A new study has shown that British parents spend more than £2,600 a year keeping their children entertained, with theme park’s being kids favourite pastime. According to research which polled 2,000 parents, the average family will pay up more than £400 on trips to soft play centres, while more than £600 each year is spent on meals out. The study also...

All rides powered by play say World of Rides

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Three to twelve-year-old children continue to remain one of the biggest single influences in choosing a family holiday or dayout destination, and battery rides remain the single most popular pay-to-play children’s rides in these leisure locations. World of Rides are making certain that they are catching this wave.   World of Rides units are free of any pollutants, terrific fun, hugely...

Wanted: Operators for Stoke on Trent’s biggest parks

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Stoke City Council is encouraging amusements operators to bring business to the parks of Longton, just in time for the summer.   Stoke-on-Trent City Council is looking for operators of children’s amusements, rides, bouncy castles, trampolines or mini-golf to provide entertainment in the city’s biggest parks this summer. As part of ongoing endeavours to boost visitor numbers, the town’s council wants to...