Computer simulation helps young children learn conflict-resolution skills

A computer game designed to teach non-violence and conflict resolution skills to young children has found a home with Curriki, the nonprofit collection of open online curricular materials available for downloading free of charge. The computer game, called "Cool School: Where Peace Rules," features animated school characters in situations that ask children ages 5-7 to select an action for resolving a potential conflict, such as others crowding in line, refusing to share, or treating playmates disrespectfully. Developed by the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in cooperation with child development programs at the University of Maryland, the University of Southern California, and the University of North Texas, Cool School was tested at school locations in Illinois. The game is designed to teach children about conflict resolution in a lively, fun, entertaining, and developmentally appropriate context.

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