Considering virtual reality in children’s lives

Bailey J.0. & Bailenson J.N. (2017) Considering virtual reality in children’s lives, Journal of Children and Media, 11:1, 107-113, DOI: 10.1080/17482798.2016.1268779


In this article, we define immersive VR and discuss how some of its unique affordances relate to child development. We discuss how virtual embodiment (i.e., children’s avatars), interactions with socially responsive virtual characters, and the setting of the virtual scenarios could influence children and youth’s lives. In addition, we present potential areas for future research.