Free online game provides drug prevention education

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pixel adventure game

Reflection software and Health Education Franchise have teamed up to create an interactive online game to educate students about the dangers of drug addiction and the prevention methods available.

free game, Pixel Adventures, is part of a Drug Education Portal intended for students in grades seven through twelfth. According to Naperville resident Sean Nabors, co-founder of Reflection Software, the story is “intentionally” set during the freshman year of high school, when kids are discovering their own identities and facing more peer pressure.

“If you just look at the power of these video game streamers on Twitch, there’s definitely a need for this type of content,” Nabors said. “And hopefully we can use those techniques and partner with experts in the field to help communicate that content in a format that right now, to our knowledge, kids want to see.”

To find out what kids want to see, the companies listened to student feedback when creating the media tool. “When we do focus groups and surveys and talk to them, we’ve always been told ‘we don’t want to be lectured,'” Nabors said. This gives them the information they can browse on their own, using a look and feel that interests them.

How it works

The 8-bit game, similar to Minecraft visuals, is customizable. Students choose their avatar, choose their outfit and features, and even choose which classes and activities they’d like to participate in while virtually walking through a school day. The game teaches students various refusal techniques and coping strategies when encountering certain scenarios and making decisions.

“Drug abuse is a huge problem in our society and the more information and education you can provide to students, the more likely they are to make informed and good decisions that will have a positive effect on their health” , said Barb Thayer, executive director. at Candor Health Education.

Candor Health has previously worked with Naperville schools for sex education and also hopes to introduce the Drug Education Portal. The portal also offers educational and animated episodes available online. The complete series will be available by March or April of this year.

Naperville News 17’s Aysha Ashley Househ reports.

photo courtesy of Reflection Software

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