Category Life in society

A review of online Responsible Gaming.

Responsible Gaming is one of the most important challenges that the online casino industry is
facing. While online gambling is a safe and entertaining way of spending free time, it can also
become a problem for some people who take it too far or struggle to find a balanced approach.

This is why most respectable online casinos institute a series of extra features aimed to protect
users from the potential harm that excessive gambling can cause. One of the most useful extra
features in this respect is the ability to set betting limits. Some casinos allow their users to set
a fixed sum of money they can use to gamble for a period of a day, a week or even a month. This
allows the user to enjoy the thrills online casinos offer without risking any significant financial
damage or other problematic behavior like gambling addiction for example. Players, particularly
those who have struggled with overspending in the past should ask if the casino they intend to
sign up for offers this service.
Thanks to the huge popularity of online casinos and other online gambling venues, it is only
normal for scams or fraudulent websites to appear. These websites can either offer poor service,
bad content or can even steal personal information or money. In order to stay safe make sure to
always check the credential of a website by looking up reviews written both by users and
websites who specialize in the field.

Responsible gambling is addressed in a serious and professional manner by the
industry with the Responsible Gambling Council always offering information, resources and research in the field,
creating a better experience for all those involved. This way gambling addiction or other bad
gambling behavior can be easier identified both by the users and the casinos,
allowing quick and effective measures to be taken both in the interest of the players as well as the online casinos.

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RETELLING WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD

One way to be sure that you have understood what you have heard is to be able to retell the information to someone else from memory. You do not need to use the same words that the speaker used.

1 Read the following questions before you listen to the interview with Gail and Tom.

1 What happened to Gail? Where was she? What was stolen?

2 What was stolen from Tom? Where and how?

3 How did they feel about being victims of crime?

4 Did they report the incidents?

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Now, listen to the interview and take notes.

Work with a partner. Take turns retelling what Gail and Tom said. Be sure to include answers to all the questions in step 1. (You can review your notes first, but don’t look at them while you are speaking.)

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AFTER THE INTERVIEWS

EXAMINING GRAPHIC MATERIAL

1

Percentage of selected crimes reported to the police

Theft less than $50

Motor vehicle theft

Robbery

Burglary

Rape

0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%

Percentages

Source: Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 2000

Look at the graph below. It shows the percentage of selected crimes reported to the police.

2

Discuss the following questions with a partner. Base your answers on the graph in step 1 and your own ideas.

1 Which crimes get reported most frequently?

2 Which crimes are reported least frequently?

3 How do you explain the fact that people report some crimes less than others?

4 According to official statistics, it is estimated that less than half of all crimes are reported to the police. Why do you think this is true?

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LISTENING FOR OPINIONS

Nina

When discussing ideas, speakers oflen need to present different sides of an argument. To do this effectively, they use transitional phrases to distinguish belween various viewpoints. To compare different sides of an issue, a speaker might use phrases like this:

. . . but I think. . .

. . . but other people. . .

. . . but the other thing is.. .

. . . on the other hand. . .

. . . however, some people. . .

It is important to pay attention to transitional phrases so that you understand both sides of the argument as well as the opinion of the speaker.

1 Before you listen to the interview with Nina, read these incomplete excerpts. Notice that at the end of each one, Nina indicates that she is going to present another side of the issue. Think about what she might say.

1 It’s fun to spend hours a day surfing the net, investigating something that interests you, but…

2 It’s wonderful on one hand to have the Internet at your disposal, but. . .

3 You get to discuss books with your friends, to share the ideas with others, but. . .

4 I know a little bit about the Internet, but. . .

5 I really like e-mail, but. . .

6 Computers might be great for writing and editing things, and everything looks great and all that, but. . .

Listen to Kina describe her feelings about computers and the Internet. As you listen, take notes about the opinions she expresses after each of the excerpts in step 1. Then compare your answers with a partner.

INTERVIEW WITH KELLY: The benefits of computers and the Internet

Here are some words and phrases from the interview with Kelly printed in bold and ‘ given in the context in which you will hear them. They are followed by definitions.

Letters make better keepsakes: small objects that you keep because they remind you of someone or some event

E-mail is just so much more convenient: easier

for more extended interaction: longer conversations

I have IM (Instant Messaging) configured: set up on a computer

once vour get over your initial fear: first, preliminaiy

just fiddling around with them and testing things out: using them to leant what they are like

My generation is hooked on the Internet: addicted to It makes a lot of things accessible: available

All of my syllabi for my classes are online: plural of "syllabus” (Latin)

The Internet could increase the disparities between different classes: differences / levels of society

Or maybe technology just illuminates existing disparities: highlights, points out

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. The Influence of the Media

О GETTING STARTED

In this section you are going to think about the positive and negative influences of the media. You will also take notes on statistical information about television ownership.

READING AND THINKING ABOUT THE TOPIC

1 Read the following passage.

The media has become one of society’s most important agents of socialization. Television, radio, newspapers, the Internet, and other forms of media have a strong effect on the way we think and act. However, there is disagreement about exactly what the effect is. For example, access to television allows us to be better informed and gives us an increased understanding of the world. TV can also be used to entertain us. However, television exposes us to negative images, too. Furthermore, some critics argue that it may make us passive, violent, or too materialistic.

Other forms of mass media, such as video games, magazines, and movies, may influence our ideas strongly, too. We do not yet really understand the extent of their impact on society.

2 I Answer the following questions according to the information in the passage.

1 Does everyone agree about the kind of effects the media has on society?

2 What are some positive effects of TV? What are some negative effects?

3

Read these questions and share your answers with a partner.

1 Do you watch a lot of TV? Are you concerned about its possible negative effects? Explain.

2 What steps do you think parents, schools, and the government should take to protect children and adolescents from the negative effects of on-screen violence?

3 Of all the forms of media mentioned in the paragraph, which one seems to have the most influence on you? Why?

PERSONALIZING THE TOPIC

1 What kind of entertainment do you enjoy? Fill in the chart below.

Media

Details

TV

Three programs you watch:

Magazines

Three magazines you read:

Songs

Three songs you like:

Movies

Three movies you have enjoyed:

Radio

Three stations you listen to:

Internet

Three sites you visit:

Other?

2 Share your responses with a small group.

RECORDING NUMERICAL INFORMATION

It will often be necessary to record the numerical information you hear in conversations, interviews, or lectures. Practice by visualizing numbers when you hear them and then writing them down quickly.

1 TV is one of the most popular and influential forms of mass media in the world. Work with a partner. Look at the map below that highlights four areas of the world. Guess how many TVs per one hundred people you think each area has. Write your guess in the blank next to each area.

Area 1:______ Area 2:________ Area 3:___________ Area 4:________

Listen to a report on television ownership in each of the four areas of the world in the map in step 1. Write the number of televisions per one hundred people next to

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Area 1:

Area 3:

Area 4:

Area 2:

the area being described.

3

Compare your answers to step 2 with vour partner. Then compare those answers with your guesses in step 1.

Discuss the following questions in a small group.

1 What information in the report surprises you? Why?

2 In which areas of the world do you think TV has the most influence on people? Why? How do you think it influences them?

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PERSONALIZING THE TOPIC

Imagine that you are in situations similar to those of the people who were interviewed. What would you do? Circle the letters of all the answers that apply. Compare your responses with a partner.

1

You are alone in a city and it is late. You need to get home.

Would you. . .

a take the bus or train, even if you have to wait a long time? b walk home quickly but

without being very concerned? c decide not to go home, but to stay with some friends nearby?

If a stranger approached you, would you. . . a act calmly and talk to the stranger? b run away as fast as you could? c ignore the person and keep on walking?

3 If someone told you to hand over your money, would you. . . a agree to give the person your money?

b say nothing and pretend not to hear? c refuse to give them the money?

4 If a person stole a small amount of money from you, would you. . . b be very hurt and afraid?

c feel sorry for the criminal? d feel angry about what happened?

5 If your apartment were broken into, would you. . . a expect the police to help?

b expect the police to do nothing? c feel very’ violated?

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