3D game combats bullying in schools


New simulation game puts Flemish kids in the role of both bullies and the bullied to spark discussion

Project based on Finnish example, which decreased bullying by 40%

The University College West Flanders (HoWest) has developed a lesson kit against bullying called “Re: pest”, with a 3D game for students in the first two years of secondary school. Via the simulation game, students can experience what it’s like to be in the shoes of bullies, bullied students and onlookers. They are encouraged to reflect on their own behaviour and choices.

The idea for the game derives from a Finnish project. According to Flemish education minister Pascal Smet, bullying in Finnish schools was reduced by 40% after the launch of the game. The kit also includes background knowledge and lesson suggestions for teachers and an info brochure for parents.

The project was commissioned by the city of Kortrijk and co-funded by the government of Flanders.