EU funds video game teaching to resist anti-LGBT bullying

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The EU is funding the development of a video game telling players what to do if they are bullied for their race, identity or sexuality. The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has been awarded £22,000 (€246,785) in EU funding for the new research project, which academics say is going to direct children’s love to computer games into a noble social task of tackling bullying and prejudice. The game will help kids “explore their own prejudiced attitudes and how harmful these can be when they lead to bullying”. According to UWS, the game will put children into a virtual environment dublicating a real school where characters are bullied and to complete the game they have to make right choices about how to react on it. The game will be available in early 2019 for use on school PCs with a large-scale evaluation planned for late 2019 across four European countries. The project is a 28-month collaboration between UWS, The Open University of the Netherlands, University of Patras in Greece and Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia.

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