MyVirtualChild allows students to raise a child from birth to age 18 and monitor the effects of their parenting decisions over time. By integrating students' course work with a simulated practical “experience” of raising a virtual baby, MyVirtualChild brings developmental principles to life.

Key features

Each child is unlike any other

Students can select their virtual child’s expected physical characteristics—including skin, hair, and eye color—and establish the child’s behavioral tendencies by answering an introductory set of questions. Will it be a girl or a boy? What will the child be called? With thousands of possible combinations, each child is uniquely the student’s own.

Connection to the text

Reflective writing prompts allow students to compare their child’s development to information on normative development from the text. MyVirtualChild prompts students to analyze their child’s unique personality and ability traits, apply theories they are learning in the course, and reflect on how their child’s behavior might vary if the social context was different.

Robust, bidirectional experience between the student and their virtual child

Over 1,250 events and questions in the database allow for a wide range of variables for each student user.

  • Events describe things that have happened to the child or to the family.
  • Questions pertaining to the child’s behavior, or a problem the child is having, are posed to students. These questions vary depending upon the child’s personality, cognitive ability, attachment security, peer competence, etc. The answers students provide will impact the life of their virtual child.

See how your child is progressing

Progress Reports appear at various intervals in the child’s life. These realistic reports come from a variety of sources. Examples include a pediatrician’s report, a developmental assessment, a psychologist’s report, and school report cards. At key points (e.g., 8 months, 15 months, etc.), the child's picture is shown, and remains on the screen until the child's appearance changes yet again. These visual representations illustrate developmental changes as each virtual child progresses through life.