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Session 113

Are 'loot boxes' in games like Fortnite encouraging children to gamble? Neil and Georgina teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

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News Review

Is gaming turning children into gamblers?

So-called 'loot boxes' in games like Fortnite should be controlled. That's according to The Children's Commissioner for England, who says kids are becoming gamblers.

Language challenge

Which word means ‘stolen items’?

a) toot
b) coot
c) loot

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The story

Loot boxes in video games should be classed as gambling.

That’s what the Children’s Commissioner for England wants.

Anne Longfield also thinks games need to introduce a maximum daily spending limit for players.

Key words and phrases

splashing cash
spending lots of money on something

• I’m splashing cash on a new car at the weekend.
• My sofa was falling apart. I couldn’t afford it, but I splashed out on a new one!

labeled (American English; British English spelling: labelled)
called or seen as

• Teenagers are often labelled antisocial, which is not always fair!
• Rob doesn’t like being labelled a biscuit thief, but he was caught in the act!

stop or control something that is not wanted

• The council increased fines to curb illegal parking.
• A new police scheme aims to curb graffiti.

To do

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News Review Quiz

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Language challenge answer

c) loot


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