Business in Virtual Worlds, Education in Virtual Worlds

Experts Say: VWs Better for kids than TV!

Women in Technology reports that virtual worlds, by virtue of their interactive nature, are a promising way for kids to learn about real life.

“Virtual worlds can be a powerful, engaging and interactive alternative to more passive media,” said professor David Gauntlett of the University of Westminster. “They really do have good ideas to contribute and they are very critical friends.”

The researchers studied kids as they used an island called Adventure Rock that is geared towards kids aged 6-12 and created through the BBC. The professor suggests that kids get involved in virtual worlds from an early age, a conclusion which is a blessing to virtual world creators.

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