A new set of experiments has been conducted conducted at La Inmaculada (http://www.escolapiaspuertadehierro.com/) in Madrid, Spain, in February 2018 with 48 new students of the school of the First Year of Secondary School (ESO).
Figure: Students playing Conectado at La Inmaculada Escolapias in Madrid, Spain.
DESCRIPTION OF THE GAME
Conectado is a videogame developed within the research group e-UCM, specialized in eLearning and serious games. The videogame has been designed and developed with the objective of raising awareness against bullying and cyberbullying and is aimed at being a tool to help education professionals to educate on this subject in a more interactive way and with greater emotional involvement of young people from 12 to 17 years. The videogame is a graphic adventure where the player is placed in the situation of a person who suffers harassment in their day to day school. In this way, the player can experience these situations in first person, but in a safe way. It also allows you to experience firsthand some of the feelings of the victims of harassment, as well as to make players reflect on the consequences of their actions. In the game, students can make decisions in dialogues that affect the story of the game and its end.
The game aims to motivate a further discussion of aspects such as: bullying in schools and cyberbullying (both incidence of the problem and how to tackle it), advantages of videogames to raise awareness, what they learn associated with a memory, the importance of dealing with observers in bullying, avoiding passive observers and making observers act in favour of the victim.
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXPERIMENTS
The aim of the experiment was to validate the video game Conectado as an educational tool to increase awareness about the problem of bullying and cyberbullying. In the experiments, players have to complete a previous questionnaire about their perception of certain bullying and cyberbullying situations, play a full game of the Connected game, and finally complete a later questionnaire with the same questions as the initial one, in order to compare their awareness before and after playing the game, as well as questions about their playing experience. The session was completed with a reflection on bullying, cyberbullying and the use of serious games in schools as tools to raise awareness, educate and teach.