Web worlds ‘useful’ for children

Virtual worlds can be valuable places where children rehearse what they will do in real life, reveals research.They are also a “powerful and engaging” alternative to more passive pursuits such as watching TV, said the BBC-sponsored study.The research was done with children using the BBC’s Adventure Rock virtual world, aimed at those aged 6-12.The researcher said the BBC should have involved children early on to guide development and provide feedback.

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