Tobacco and Alcohol Use Prevention for Children

Period of Performance: 09/21/2000 - 08/31/2001

$544K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Inflexxion, Inc.
Newton, MA 02464
Principal Investigator

Abstract

DESCRIPTION: Application proposes the development of an interactive, multimedia program called Gopp's Galaxy, a tobacco and alcohol use prevention tool for K-2 children. The need for this product arises from the continuing trends toward increased tobacco and alcohol use in adolescents, despite the availability of prevention programming in the later elementary grades. Prevention experts suggest that prevention programs need to begin as early as kindergarten. To address this need, the current application combines state-of-the-art tobacco and alcohol use prevention guidelines, developmental research, and advances in multimedia technology to develop a practical tool for improving substance use prevention and social competence skills in young children. The program will be delivered through an engaging animation format for children between the ages of 6-8, and will include child printouts, class activities, and take-home activities. In Phase I, we received input from teachers, prevention experts, parents, and children. This resulted in a technical plan for the CD-ROM, an annotated script, a design of the teacher manual, and creation and acceptance testing of a Gopp's Galaxy demo. Phase II will address development and usability testing of a prototype CD-ROM, a field study with K-2 students, and parent and teacher acceptance and satisfaction.