Changing Attitudes to Dating Violence

PIXELearning are proud to announce the development of a serious game designed to raise awareness of violence in young people’s relationships.

The game, currently called Green Acres High is being produced as part of the CAVA project, run by The Serious Games Institute and funded by the EU Daphne Project . This project aims to change attitudes and behaviours using as the serious game as the central learning object that will appeal to young people.

The project will also include counselling, teaching, training and advice.

The game will include:

  • Scenarios of different stages of a relationship typical of the age range
  • Simulated role play to provoke awareness of issues of violence in dating scenarios
  • Modelled scenarios where the player is the male/female or friend of the player in the game.

During the game feedback will be given regarding the impact of courses of action on the target group, the appropriateness of the course of action selected and rewards for the selection of the most appropriate responses. The game will also signpost the players to support agencies.

According to research by the Serious Games Institute in the UK there is no similar European games based intervention to change attitudes and behaviours of adolescents towards dating violence.

As part of the project we will be capturing pre-game and post-game data with regards to the players attitudes around dating violence and hope to see some positive results!

The product will be available February 2012, and we’ll be sure to post links when it’s ready!

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