Serious games for learning: Games-based child sexual abuse prevention in schools

Scholes, Laura, Jones, Christian, Stieler-Hunt, Coleen, & Rolfe, Ben (2014) Serious games for learning: Games-based child sexual abuse prevention in schools. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 18(9), pp. 934-956.

View at publisher


In spite of research demonstrating conceptual weakness in many child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention programmes and outdated modes of delivery, students continue to participate in a diversity of initiatives. Referring to the development of a games-based approach to CSA prevention in Australia, this paper examines empirically based attributes of effective CSA prevention programmes for schools including contemporary pedagogies for learning. The paper draws on findings to inform the conceptual development phase of Orbit, an online, free and equal-access, games-based educational approach to CSA prevention for children aged 8–10 years. First, the paper provides a review of CSA prevention in schools and games-based approaches to key learnings in prevention. Second, an overview of Orbit (the Feeling Safe sexual abuse prevention project) is provided. Finally, implications for the development of games-based prevention programmes are offered and an argument is made for the advancement of games-based prevention resources.

Impact and interest:

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 99528
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: games-based learning, contemporary pedagogy, child protection, school programmes, child abuse prevention
DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2013.860195
ISSN: 1464-5173
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 25 Sep 2016 22:44
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2016 04:16

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page