Project Here Games

Ages: 11 - 14Manufacturer: Health Resources in Action

Originally designed to support a Massachusetts initiative to use healthy decision-making and social-emotional learning to prevent substance use, the Project Here Games website is dedicated to helping children in grades 6-8 learn about themselves and how to use their strengths to build additional and/or more advanced social emotional skills.

Fittingly, the first activity is a personality quiz, the goal of which is to help users understand their key personality types and how that affects their behavior. Users then read their results as well as explanations about them. Are they introverted, extroverted, or ambiverted? Are they Type A? Realists? Pessimists? Optimists? And so forth.

The overall tone is age appropriate, the content is skillfully designed, and the user experience is seamless. A spin of the activity “wheel” randomly selects quizzes, mini-games, and hypothetical scenarios that focus on four main social-emotional skill areas: communication, decision-making, coping, and myth-busting. Users work through how to handle hurt feelings and conflict with friends (communication), what to do when you know someone is doing something “wrong” or dangerous (decision-making), relaxation techniques such as deep breathing (coping), and myths versus reality on a broad range of topics.

The insight gained from these activities is thought-provoking and the hypothetical scenarios allow children to safely explore how different actions can have vastly different outcomes. We can’t confirm that this will prevent substance use, but we can attest that Project Here Games is a valuable resource well worth exploring.

Sharon Heuscher ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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