The New Jersey school offers students anti-bullying virtual reality training, which calls them N-word and slut, so they understand how victims feel.
- Springfield school district students will be able to experience VR bullying
- The program was based on students' real experiences.
- The variety of scenarios includes racist slurs and & # 39; shame of bitch & # 39;
This week, Springfield School District, New Jersey, announced a new program that uses virtual reality to show students what it's like to be bullied or excluded by their classmates.
Designed as a 360-degree video series for VR headsets, the scenes recreate the experiences of several Springfield students who had problems with their classmates.
One video puts users in the view of Morghan Blair, a high school freshman who was repeatedly attacked with racist slurs by her classmates, including the word N.
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Students in the Springfield, New Jersey, school district will have the opportunity to experience what it's like to be bullied using a virtual reality program.
"I had to show people what it's like to be in my shoes if that's the case for a day," said Morghan. CBS News.
She said the word N in particular is "the only word I don't like that always appears in every conversation."
She described slander as "a birthmark," a word that is much easier said than heard.
Another video shows the point of view of a student receiving a large amount of text messages from her classmates, accusing her of being a "slut". for posting a photo with some male colleagues.
It was based on the experiences of Erica Carrie, who graduated from Jonathan Dayton High School in June.
Carrie said she was bullied during her time in Dayton because she had more friends than female friends.
The program was implemented by Springfield School Superintendent Michael Davino in partnership with Kinful, a company that develops social and emotional learning programs. aimed at young people who use virtual reality.
"We needed a way to tell these people if you knew what it was like, maybe you wouldn't," Davino said.
The VR program was developed by Kinful and was based on real-world bullying scenarios experienced by students in Springfield.
Davino is a longtime advocate for the use of technology in the classroom.
He started an individual laptop program at Springfield Schools, through which students obtain their own MacBook from sixth grade.
VR experience shows how distracting receiving text messages while in school can be disturbing
Davino hopes the program will open students "to the serious, long-term impact of being petty just to be satisfied, and that in the end their satisfaction is fleeting and these people are suffering."
Although Carrie admitted that her experiences had been painful, she pointed out that many students who engage in bullying behavior may also be or have been bullied.
Kinful creates a series of social and emotional learning programs. using virtual reality hoping to encourage empathy in children
According to the CBS report, nearly 50% of US students in grades 4 through 12 have been bullied at least once last year, but 31% have also intimidated someone else.
"I want them to think that we have to think about how the perpetrator is feeling and that they have insecurity and that we should be nicer to them too," Carrie said.
"We kind of forget that when we talk about bullying."
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