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    June 19, 2005 It looks like an animated film, with chalk that talks and a worrisome worm. But it's the latest educational tool a video game used by teachers to show children how to handle conflict.
    The creators of Cool School say it's a skill best learned at a young age.
    We can still catch them when they're receptive to this," said Kathy Hanson of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which has developed the game as part of its initiative to combat youth violence.
    With a click of a mouse, kids choose a place in the school where trouble is brewing, such as a student cutting in line at the library. Students are given four choices to solve the problem, and then they are shown the consequences of their pick.
    "I solved the problem by clicking the first one," said a 6-year-old at an elementary school in Urbana, Md. "Because if you talk it all out, you don't have to tell the teacher. You can figure it out and get friends again."
    Reaching Kids Early
    Studies show one in three elementary school children complain they are repeatedly teased, bullied, even hit. Educators say it is important to stop the aggression at this level before it escalates.
    To try to reduce violence in schools, Congress turned to the agency with the most experience at handling conflict the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which usually settles labor disputes. It determined a video game was the answer.
    "Children these days, probably the best way to reach them is through technology," Hanson said.


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    They should have the kids play Halo on Legendary to teach conflict resolution.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sothy
    They should have the kids play Halo on Legendary to teach conflict resolution.
    When I used to play Ghost Recon online, there always seemed to be tons of bickering and whining before, during and after every match. I eventually set up a macro that said "Ain't no complaints that can't be solved with a bullet." When they would always whine about cheaters what whatnot I'd always say "Vote with a bullet."

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    Conflict resolution through video games ? Don't forget the part about improving eye-hand coordination as well. Yes, games do improve coordination, but only up to a point.

    Sorry. It's a well-intentioned idea but wholly going nowhere. Whenever I think "conflict resolution" and "video games" in the same sentence all I see is this:



    Conflict resolved...Ivy style .

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    Remember, folks: Technology solves everything.

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