How cool is this? From the Guardian: The app that gives Oslo’s children a direct say over their own road safety.
With €347,000 (£290,000) in funding from the city, the Research Council of Norway and consultancy Capgemini, Rørholt needed to find ways to create an environment where parents would feel that it was safe enough for children to walk to school. “I was supposed to make a traffic report on all roads in Oslo. That’s a big job,” she comments. “So I thought, why don’t we ask the children how they feel on the street?” The best way to do that, she says, was to turn to gamification. Using a smartphone app, with the idea of users being “secret agents” for the city, children can send immediate reports on their route to school when they come across, for example, a difficult crossing on the street or an area of heavy traffic. Their location is tracked using GPS, so researchers can pinpoint exactly where these hazards are. [continue]
This is a fantastic way to engage children in civic affairs. The youth in most Western democracies (and I generalise massively) are largely disaffected and apathetic when it comes to politics and civil engagement and this seems like a wonderful way to counter this trend. Thank you for posting this and glad to see you back here.
Yes, I like this way of engaging children very much.