Girl’s plea to ban TV gamble ads
A 10-YEAR-OLD Portarlington girl has called on the State Government to ban television gambling advertisements.
Schoolgirl Mikayla Krivohlavek told 3AW she had written to Premier Daniel Andrews after she discovered she could easily open an online betting account by using her mum’s credit card details and faking her birthdate.
Mikayla wrote a detailed letter to Mr Andrews urging him to change the “laws of advertising”.
Her articulate letter gained widespread media attention yesterday.
“There are too many commercials that advertise gambling on television, it goes on 24/7,” Mikayla said.
“When I am watching television with my family, which includes my parents and younger eight-year-oldbrother, (the ads are on) and it’s very frustrating.”
Mikayla said she believed gambling ads should go the way of smoking advertisements and be completely banned.
“I hope (Mr Andrews) takes this letter seriously, because talking to my friends at school we all think this is wrong,” Mikayla said.