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Web Wise Kids, WILL Interactive, Verizon, ESA Foundation Create Online Internet Safety Education Game

Posted Mar 23, 2009
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Web Wise Kids, WILL Interactive, Verizon, and the ESA Foundation have collaborated to develop "It's Your Call," a game for schools, law enforcement and community organizations to educate teens about "sexting," cyberbullying, academic cheating, and related issues. The game was recently launched in the Los Angeles Unified School District at Sepulveda Middle School in North Hills, Calif.

"It's Your Call" is an interactive game that allows users to play out difficult situations in the safety of cyberspace before they live them out in real life. The game offers teens guidance about responsible cell phone behaviors and how to use the devices to enhance their personal safety. Players become a live action character in an interactive movie and are presented with a series of difficult decisions in a slice-of-life context. The teens must make tough decisions and view the consequences of their actions in the video. Regardless of the outcome in the game, users learn important lessons about cell phone safety.

"It's Your Call" will be available through the Web Wise Kids and WILL Interactive web sites. It also will be incorporated into Web Wide Kids training programs offered through local schools, law enforcement agencies and community organizations.

Web Wise Kids, a national non-profit organization, is a provider of computer-based, interactive simulation games based on real-life situations for educating young people and their parents on safe internet practices. "It's Your Call" was produced by WILL Interactive using its Virtual Experience Immersive learning Simulation (VEILS) technology. Development of the mobile phone safety game was funded by grants from Verizon and the ESA Foundation in addition to a financial contribution from WILL Interactive. The grants also will help fund distribution of the game to Web Wise Kids partners around the country.

Source: Web Wise Kids, www.webwisekids.org


 
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