We like to play fun games with kids!
Trained researchers from the Helping Kids! team visit primary schools and invite the children with parental consent to individually play a set of games for about 10-20 minutes. Children have shared that the games are fun and overall enjoyable.
During the game session, children complete tasks assessing an array of attributes: empathy, intergroup attitudes, outgroup attitudes, social identity, recognition of social cues and categories and prosocial behaviours.
These tasks use fun, child friendly measures, which, with the help of the researchers, make sure that the child feels comfortable taking part. When the tasks are done, the child is thanked for taking part in the study with a prize from the ‘prize bag’ and an ‘honorary child scientist’ certificate from the School of Psychology at Queens University Belfast. The child is given the opportunity to ask the experimenter any questions they may have about the study. If they have no further questions, they are returned to class.