PUPILS at a Uttoxeter high school have been learning about responsibility and parenting by taking care of their own virtual babies.
Year 10 pupils from Thomas Alleyne’s High School have been taking part in the annual virtual baby event where students studying for their Child Development GCSE learn about the needs of a newborn infant.
The babies are programmed to cry when they need attention and it is up to the students to find out what it is that they need.
The students learn skills such as nappy changing, feeding and winding and how to calm a distressed baby.
Throughout the weekend, the babies record everything that happens to them on an internal computer chip.
After the event, all the information is downloaded to create a parenting report and the top three high scoring parents are awarded a prize.
Mrs Blair, co-ordinator of the event, said: “This experience is really valuable for the students as they learn vital parenting skills which will help them in the future.
“All the students have been looking forward to this since September and have taken the responsibility of looking after a baby very seriously.
“This is the second year that the event has been running and almost twice the number of students have taken part this year which is great to see.
“Child Development is a popular subject at the school and the experience the students gain from taking part is a real boost to their subject knowledge.”