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Video Game Teaches Kenyan Youth HIV-Safety 75

Posted by Soulskill
from the we-already-knew-video-games-slowed-spreading-of-stds dept.
QuackenDuck writes "The latest video-game headlines are all about virtual sex, violence, and taxes. Here's a story that turns the 'Think of the Children' battle-cry against games on its head. VOA News reports on how the video game medium is being used to educate Kenyan youths about risky behaviors that lead to HIV infection: 'Kenya has an HIV prevalence rate of about five percent, with young women among the most vulnerable to new infection. Now, the US government and a private entertainment company have teamed up to produce and distribute a video game that teaches Kenyan youth how to avoid contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.' Many parts of the world are gritty, violent and dangerous, and this game designer is using gritty, violent and dangerous content to teach the children of Kenya."
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Video Game Teaches Kenyan Youth HIV-Safety

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  • by artor3 (1344997) on Monday March 16, 2009 @04:13AM (#27207615)

    The people who protest sex ed in the US would likely want this program to be abstinence only. It's not, so they probably think it's horrible.

  • by tjstork (137384) <todd.bandrowskyNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Monday March 16, 2009 @04:50AM (#27207757) Homepage Journal

    Why does this seem like something the same people protesting Sexual Education in our American schools

    The right wing tends to feel that sex education is more about promoting a sexual society than it is about safety, as, whenever the right suggests other things be taught in the same of safety, the left argues that such education is promotion. For example, you might think that we would have gun safety classes in a nation with 100 million guns, but the left wing has continually refused to let even -free- gun classes such as NRA'S Eagle program to be taught in public schools, because they say that teaching about guns promotes guns.

  • by atarione (601740) on Monday March 16, 2009 @05:13AM (#27207871)

    is about $1.32 a day... who exactly is going to have a computer to play this game ????

    or is the President of Kenya going to hold a LAN party ???

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 16, 2009 @05:29AM (#27207943)

    If humans were born with firearms equipped standard, the left would probably support proper training for children in their use.

    More seriously, I think the flaw in the right wing argument is the assumption that teenagers need any promoting to figure out they want to have sex and how to get around any restrictions in place to prevent it. On the other hand they might not figure out how to do it safely, or even recognize the need.

    I will also say that I don't think theres a problem with teaching children gun safety. Although I wouldn't want the NRA teaching my children anything.

  • by Yvanhoe (564877) on Monday March 16, 2009 @08:14AM (#27208649) Journal
    A class about gun and sex safety... that would be awesome. Add in drugs and rock 'n roll and kids will finally learn to LOVE school again.
  • by aliquis (678370) <dospam@gmail.com> on Monday March 16, 2009 @09:00AM (#27208939) Homepage

    I wouldn't have blamed you for, and probably would have encouraged you to, post anonymously.

    I don't care, do with it as you please.

    If true, and not by choice, I'm sorry.

    True? Yes.
    By choice? I wouldn't say so, though I guess my whole sex drive/partner intrest/.. may be lower than others, some special preferences (preferably non-animal eating to begin with) and I don't see why I should have sex with someone I find unattractive or don't like for whatever reason.

    I guess it can feel ok even with ugly people you don't have anything in common with but well, don't seem much worth it.

    Suck that I haven't found any attractive one or was to harsh on the vegan judging though, should probably had less restrictive filtering =P

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