Children’s Hopsital, Kohl’s use video games to prevent injury



MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Children's Hospital and Kohl's Cares are teaming up as part of a $1.5 million campaign aimed at preventing accidental injury, the leading cause of death, among children.

The organizations have set up seven kid-friendly kiosks, featuring a video game called "Keep Spriggy Safe," in libraries and pediatric centers around Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

“We really wanted to meet kids where they're at. We've done a lot of research and found that educational gaming is a great way to get information to kids in a format that they understand,” said Amanda Stanke, Children's Hospital Community Health Project Coordinator.

The kiosks are part of the "Grow Safe and Healthy" campaign. In the video game, users get their hero, Spriggy, to run, jump and avoid obstacles.

Kids are also guided through questions on how to avoid dangerous situations while parents are given tips, using the power of technology, to keep kids and families safe.

“It's a really fun and engaging way for children and parents and their caregivers to learn about injury prevention,” said Stanke.

According to the CDC, two dozen children in the U.S. die every day from an injury that was not intended.

"Keep Spriggy Safe," can also be downloaded on iPhones and Android devices.

CLICK HERE for a list of kiosk locations.