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The eSafety Office: Innovating through gamification

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is innovating through gamified learning with their first ever video game, The Lost Summer.

Launched in early July, The Lost Summer is a role-playing video game which offers a unique learning experience for young people online. The tool replicates real life scenarios and challenges in a safe environment while expressing key emotional and social skills such as empathy, respect and critical thinking.

Research from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner shows that young people are often exposed to negative behaviour online such as cyberbullying and racism. The Lost Summer addresses negative behaviours by equipping young people with solution-focused strategies. The tool encourages young people to experiment with choices and learn from the consequences of their actions.

The gamification project has been under-development for the past two years. The eSafety Office are continually developing evidence-based resources and tools to enhance the online safety of all Australians, including APS staff.

For more information about eSafety’s gamified learning tool, email the team enquiries [at] esafety.gov.au.

Last reviewed: 
1 August 2018