HAPPI CHIL­DREN

Teach­ing kids the value of videogames

EDGE - - KNOWLEDGE EDUCATION -

Helsinki youth cen­tre Happi also works with teach­ers, so­cial work­ers and youth work­ers to teach the im­por­tance of videogames to young peo­ple and how they fac­tor into their lives. “For ten-to-19-year-old Fin­nish young­sters, it’s some­thing like 94.7 per cent that play games reg­u­larly,” Happi’s Pasi Tuomi­nen tells us. “They’re such a big part of ev­ery­day life, it’s only nat­u­ral to ex­pand youth work to­wards gam­ing. Most of the time when par­ents see their kid play­ing a game, it’s like, ‘Why don’t you go out­side and play?’ But the re­al­ity is that the kid may be hav­ing a re­ally good so­cial con­ver­sa­tion at the time when he is play­ing.”

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