Interactive video could have a role to play in teaching children to cross the road safety, alongside conventional pedestrian training, according to researchers.
The findings came out of a study by researchers from the Transportation Research Group at Southampton University, and were published in the International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning.
The authors say that while many local authorities in the UK operate pedestrian training, some are “reducing the amount of on-street training as a result of financial and time constraints”. They added that the reduction in practical training “puts more emphasis on paper-based classroom activities which increase knowledge acquisition but are generally not as effective in improving practical skills”.
Against this background, the study set out to evaluate the effectiveness of an interactive road safety video designed to improve children’s crossing skills between parked cars when no other alternative safer route is available.
The researchers came to the conclusion that the video “shows the potential to improve the crossing behaviour of children”.
The paper goes on to say: “Interactive videos may prove to be an effective complementary activity alongside pedestrian training as they can more effectively target hard skills compared to paper-based activities.
“While the system does show potential to improve skills when used alone, this is not the intention, and all training offered through interactive video should be supplemented with practical training as not all users respond to computer based-training.
“Importantly, interactive video is not suggested as a replacement for pedestrian training schemes, but a complementary educational material in much the same way that a road safety worksheet or online road safety cartoon computer game also offers further guidance to students.”