Triple Zero Kids Challenge - Upgraded Game
Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 10:30am
An upgraded online computer game for primary school-aged children to educate at-risk groups on the correct use of the Triple Zero (000) emergency number has been launched.
The Triple Zero Kids’ Challenge is an initiative of the Triple Zero Awareness Working Group, a national forum representing call-taking emergency services organisations and emergency call service providers across Australia.
The game features various scenarios involving police, fire and ambulance services to deliver lessons in safety. The new version of the game now includes extra scenarios that will educate players on the impact of hoax calls, what to do in major bushfires, and how to only call Triple Zero for life-threatening and emergency situations.
Statistics show that many children called Triple Zero each year, whether to aid a sick or injured parent, after witnessing a car accident or to report a crime or fire.
Unfortunately, children are also among the numerous nuisance callers who tie up resources, potentially leading to a delay in responses to genuine emergencies.
It is intended that this game will teach children about the appropriate use of Triple Zero and give them the confidence in knowing what to do in the event of an emergency.
The game, which has won national and state public safety awards, has been translated into six languages other than English and has closed captions. Primary school teachers often use the game in class time to impart valuable information to their students.
Children are also encouraged to play the game on their home computers, providing parents and siblings with the opportunity to deliver life-saving messages to their families. The game can be accessed at primary schools or at home via the Triple Zero website.