Virtual Chore Rewards for Kids
To be fair to Barbie Girls it isn’t the only virtual world for kids that worries me – with its not-so-implicit goal of training children to be good little consumers. Reinforcing the concept in children that rewards come from playing games, watching shows (themselves somewhat promotional, I’d guess) and from buying products does not seem a good one, and I was despairing of seeing a model other than this. So while I’ve yet to delve deeper, Handipoints appears to be the first imaginative alternative.
Author: Daniel Livingstone, Learning Games Blog, 7th April 2008
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Entry filed under: Games, Learning, Trends, VLEs. Tags: Barbie Girls, Childhood, Children, Chores, Consumers, Development, Games, Handipoints, Learning, Parents, Rewards, Trends, virtual worlds, VLEs.