The Guardian is an award winning video game about dating violence. You are in control of a guardian
and are responsible for keeping three young people free from relationship abuse:
13 year old Sarah, 18 year old Jack, and 21 year old Kim.
Observe the scenario and then navigate through the complex social lives of these young people in order to
inform them about the unhealthy behavior they are experiencing.
There are many scenarios and three young people who need your help . . . can you help all three?
Teen dating violence is the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence in a dating relationship.
Although the label 'teen dating violence' implies that it only applies to teenagers it also encompasses tweens
(11 and 12 year olds) as well as young adults in their early twenties.
The majority of the video games on JAGga.me
focus on teen dating violence and come from an annual video game design contest sponsored by
Jennifer Ann's Group, the sponsor of JAGga.me. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge
has been rewarding video game developers for producing video games
about teen dating violence since 2008.
Changing attitudes about teen dating violence and increasing awareness is critical to preventing future abuse.
Teen dating violence has been shown to be linked to a number of unhealthy behaviors including:
increased alcohol and drug use
increased teeenager preganancies
dropping out of school
greatly increased chance of being
in an abusive relationship as an adult.
Jennifer Ann's Group produces video games as an effective tool to prevent dating violence through awareness,
education, and advocacy. To learn more about Jennifer Ann's Group's use of video games to prevent violence
Jennifer Ann's Group has also conducted its own research (2016) into the effectiveness of their games.
Their findings show that the majority of participants showed a change in attitude about negative relationship
beliefs in only 20 - 45 minutes. This research has not yet been published but once it is this will
be updated with a link to the publication. Please sign up to be notified
of this and other items of interest regarding the efforts of Jennifer Ann's Group.
JAGga.me is presented by Jennifer Ann's Group as a portal for
video games addressing emotional health and wellness issues affecting teenagers,
including teen dating violence, bullying, and suicide prevention.