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The Real Robots of Robot High uses video game tools to battle bullying, domestic violence

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Video game project The Real Robots of Robot High aims to teach junior high school students the differences between "healthy and not-so-healthy relationships" through social and emotional learning, teaching young teenagers how to deal with bullying, dating violence and online abuse.

According to a report from NBC 10, The Real Robots of Robot High was developed in conjunction with Sojourner House, an organization committed to ending domestic violence, and E-Line Media, a publisher of game-based learning software.

"Our goal is to help kids understand how social system components — like communication, influence and social power — work together," reads the game's official website, offering behavioral fundamentals for complex problems.

The game is more than just linear educational entertainment. The game's creators say players can "remix" games — crafting custom scenarios that can be shared with other students online — with empathy and influence keys to success.

The Real Robots of Robot High is currently in beta form and being tested in select New England schools, with plans to roll out the game software wider next year.

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