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Kids deal with bullies in 'Herotopia'

Bullying is a problem many children face. Herotopia (www.Herotopia.com), a new virtual world for kids, has a unique approach to the problem: empower kids by making them superheroes and then letting them thwart the in-game bullies by using nonviolent means.

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Myst2326d ago

"Well, you know what? Maybe... you should lift some weights, or uh, take a karate lesson and the next time he's tries to do it, you kick him in the balls. "

QuodEratDemonstrandm2326d ago

Good thinking. Then, not only do you get ripped to shreds by the now very angry bully, you're also in trouble with the school administration for fighting.

Myst2326d ago

First quote from Donnie Darko not my own random ramblings.

Second if your getting bullied the school administration or at least a parent should know about it and do something. It's a lot better than having a kid getting picked on over and over again to the point where they get to more drastic measures such as say going for a knife or a gun to "put an end to it."

Not saying it's the best course of action as the school and parents should play an active roll in something like this but if nothing they should stand up for themselves at times. Sometimes the bullies aren't bigger than them at least in the video where the one kid body slammed the other into the ground.

QuodEratDemonstrandm2326d ago (Edited 2326d ago )

(@ 1.1.1) Okay I see what you're saying now. Never saw Donnie Darko so I didn't catch the reference.

involving the faculty/administration has a pretty spotty success record, partially because of the size of the schools. Ever try babysitting two or three thousand 12 year olds? Usually both the bully and the victim end up getting a stern lecture and sent on their way. More drastic action is frequently reserved for when a fight breaks out, or a suicide, or a massacre. At least, that was my experience. I saw kids get in trouble for getting hit. A friend of mine ended up giving his beretta a blow job in the school cafeteria. Doubt very many lunches were finished that day. Things have probably changed since then.... just sad that people had to die for some of that change to happen.

Edit: one of those agrees is mine. (Again 1.1.1)

Myst2326d ago (Edited 2326d ago )

See the thing is with babysitting all those children it can vary from public or private to both of which I kind of went to. The faculty (mainly the teachers themselves) should see some of the signs maybe in the hallway, classroom or just in the lunch room. Yet I know every school is different so some things can slip through the cracks.

Yeah the stern lecture doesn't do much sadly and saw it when a slight friend of mine brought a knife to school because of a bully. Wasn't kicked out but was suspended for a few weeks while the bully was out. It could have been far worse had none of us been there and it was just him and the other person. This was in the locker room so certainly can see how some things cannot be observed by faculty but at the same time their were some indications that he was being pushed around and not in the brotherly way our school was trying to pride itself on.

Have to admit had to look up what a beretta is and damn if it's what I think it is that's..something. Don't really have much to say to that. Yeah sadly it is the world we live in these days.

Well in the relation of this topic (the game mainly) I don't really see much of a point to this. It's like venting frustration in a game when it would be better to get them active in something physical like boxing (punching bag) or martial arts. I mean I don't want to be the first to say it and correlate games to bad behavior but some kids may take it too far and turn virtual reality to reality.

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GOODKyle2326d ago

Yes, create a video game that's not real for bullied problematic teens. That will solve all the problems. >.> Dumbasses

jwk942326d ago

Ima laugh when one of the kids on there starts bullying another kid.