Over 2.5 lac children have disappeared in India alone between 2012 and 2017. That’s equivalent to 5 children vanishing every hour.
We may sit our children down and lecture them about not taking candies from strangers, it is hardly ever effective because children have a mind of their own. And we should let them. But how do we protect them then? A simple solution for making children aware of the crimes around them is through gamification. When you lost a life in Mario, you understood that you had to stay away from the turtles. In the same way, if a game is created that revolves around cautious situations for children and they lose a life when they do something wrong like if they walk back from their school alone they lose a life or if they answer the door to a stranger in the game they lose a life and have to start all over again. This would teach them to be careful in similar real-life situations too. Audio and visual tools have always proven to be effective learning tools, definitely more than lectures. Therefore, such a gaming app could help at least those children whose parents have access to smartphones.