New app brings children’s road safety education to life
Western Australia will lead the way in teaching a new form of road safety education in Australia with the launch today of an innovative road safety app, free to all schools and students around the nation.
Using cutting edge technology, the Arility app features six road safety activities allows students to directly see and experience risk as they benefit from learning through an immersive augmented reality environment.
In Australia, including WA, young people are significantly over represented in road fatalities or serious injuries. Early intervention and education is vital to stop these unnecessary statistics.
Developed by IT experts DSBS and the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation (CCCSF), WA’s leading child harm prevention and safety provider, the pack can be used with groups of any size, from one child, in pairs, through to small groups or a whole of class activity. With schools across the country using iPads as a platform to learn, children from metropolitan, regional and remote areas can now receive augmented reality road safety education free into their classroom, which could one day save their life.
The key road safety experiences in the app provide children aged four to eleven with vital pedestrian, bike and public transport safety skills linked to the school curriculum. Students using the Arility road safety app interact with augmented characters in real-world travel risk situations, and make decisions in order to keep them safe from harm.
David Gribble, CEO of CCCSF, says “Arility is designed to complement traditional road safety education, maximising its effectiveness through gamified learning which keeps students’ attention and increases their knowledge. Arility gives students the opportunity to roleplay high-risk scenarios in a safe way, giving them the best foundations for real-life safe travels.”
The Road Safety app was made possible due to funding from the WA Road Trauma Trust Account, which is administered by the Road Safety Commission.
“We are very supportive of this initiative, particularly the use of technology to spread road safety messages to young people in regional areas,” said Acting Road Safety Commissioner, Teresa Williams. “This is about generational change. The children we are educating today will be better enabled to grow into adults who are safe road users.”
There are many factors including physical and cognitive development that influence and contribute to the safety of children and young people in the road and traffic environment. It is therefore essential that road safety education starts early and is an ongoing part of schooling.
The Arility road safety pack is free for every school in Australia to use, with downloadable markers available from the Arility website. The app can be downloaded from today at the Apple App Store. For more information go to www.arility.com
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