An evaluation of The Great Escape: can an interactive computer game improve young children's fire safety knowledge and behaviors?

Academic Article

Abstract

  • OBJECTIVE: Fire is a leading cause of unintentional injury and, although young children are at particularly increased risk, there are very few evidence-based resources available to teach them fire safety knowledge and behaviors. Using a pre-post randomized design, the current study evaluated the effectiveness of a computer game (The Great Escape) for teaching fire safety information to young children (3.5-6 years). METHOD: Using behavioral enactment procedures, children's knowledge and behaviors related to fire safety were compared to a control group of children before and after receiving the intervention. RESULTS: The results indicated significant improvements in knowledge and fire safety behaviors in the intervention group but not the control. CONCLUSION: Using computer games can be an effective way to promote young children's understanding of safety and how to react in different hazardous situations.
  • Published In

  • Health Psychology  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Child, Child Behavior, Child, Preschool, Education, Family, Female, Fires, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Male, Safety, Video Games
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Morrongiello BA; Schwebel DC; Bell M; Stewart J; Davis AL
  • Start Page

  • 496
  • End Page

  • 502
  • Volume

  • 31
  • Issue

  • 4