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Riot Games Announce Groundbreaking New Partnership With Commissioner For Children In Australia

It is fantastic to see the children's commissioner in Australia recognizing the potential of learning valuable life skills through video games. We hope to see more governments and authorities around the world innovating in this way!

Riot Games have announced a groundbreaking partnership with the HSEL (High School Esports League) and South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, in developing an innovative high school esports program across the region.

“Like traditional sports, online multiplayer games are a major part of our children’s lives at a crucial, formative time where lifelong habits are being developed that inform future success.”

Ivan Davies, Riot Games

The program is designed to engage directly with young people and to deliver key messaging that empowers young digital citizens to learn more about sportsmanship and respectful digital relationships – as well as helping parents understand more about online gaming.

“Gaming is very important to many young people, and if we make the effort to understand what young people are playing and encourage a healthy relationship with gaming, we will see its benefits too.”

Helen Connolly, South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

Online video games are already extremely popular with young people around the world, and with millions of young players logging into games every day this program makes perfect sense for parents and teachers who want to see young people develop responsible online awareness and positive digital behaviors.

“We are excited that this program is being developed by the Australian government. Engaging with young people through video games in this way shows a level of forward thinking and creative innovation that will hopefully resonate with governments and education authorities around the world.”

Dan Raisbeck, Co-Founder, The Cybersmile Foundation

One of the most challenging aspects of educating young people is capturing their imagination and attention, but by using something as enjoyable for young people as gaming – the children will be keen to engage and learn. We commend the Australian government for realizing this opportunity and feel confident that they will see impressive outcomes from their new program.

The new high school esports program will provide education to students and parents on a variety of issues including respectful communication and behavior, developing a better understanding of video games, the importance of good sportsmanship and how to pursue a successful career in gaming.

And who said learning can’t be fun?! Well done Riot Games and well done Helen Connolly – we are looking forward to hearing about the success of the program in due course.

You can learn more about the great work that Riot Games have been doing by visiting their High School Clubs website.

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