The Scottish Government is investigating a cunning plan to use computer games to
stop teenage girls becoming pregnant.
The idea is to develop a computer game
where a girl has to look after a baby for 72 hours and comes from an Expert
Working Group on Infant Mental Health. If girls played the game for 72
hours it would almost certainly reduce their wish to become parents at an
early age, the study suggests.
The report said that the 'computer games
culture' and the wide familiarity of such games to children and young people
opens up new options for introducing health education to young
people. While it has been shown that education on sex and contraception
reduces teen pregnancy rates, those most vulnerable people will not be well
However a game might interest them, the boffins reasoned. Of
course after 72 hours of Counterstrike we doubt anyone would want to have a
baby, or anything else other than a lot of sleep.