Keeping children safe with new interactive road safety game

Published 5th October 2017

Launch of the new road safety game at Burnt Tree Primary School

An interactive road safety computer game is being rolled out across Sandwell schools. 

The road safety game, which was launched last week at Burnt Tree Primary school in Tividale, has been designed by Sandwell Council, the LearnPlay Foundation and 3D Native.

The game features a teddy bear who the child walks through a series of potential hazards.

By playing the game, children learn how to cross the road safely, how to use a pedestrian crossing and how to negotiate driveways, parked cars and different types of junctions.

The game, which is aimed at five to seven-year-olds, provides certificates for each child as they complete a module, as well as learning outcomes for teachers and information for children to take home to discuss with their parents and carers.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for highways and environment Councillor David Hosell said: “In the past ten years we have reduced the number of casualties on Sandwell’s roads by 39 per cent overall, and the number of children hurt has almost halved.

“The game is yet another tool to help us reduce the number of accidents on our roads – and the children really love it.

"I've been amazed how proficient the children are with computers and that's why we've launched the game - children learn more and more through technology these days and that's why the game is so effective.

“The game will be made available to all Sandwell schools for free."