New resources for teaching 8-10yr olds about safety online

22nd November 2016

We are very excited to share our brand new resource Play Like Share with you.
This three-episode animated series and accompanying resource pack aims to help eight-to-ten year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online such as sharing content.

Meet Sam, Ellie and Alfie also known as Selfie!

The films follow the adventures of Sam, Ellie and Alfie as they form a band and enter their school’s Battle of the Bands contest, taking on the mean but ‘cool’ Popcorn Wizards as they go. The three friends learn that while the internet can help them in pursuit of their goal, they need to use it wisely and safely.

Check out the trailer for Play Like Share here

Exploring the risks in a safe and age appropriate way

The characters online behaviour mirrors that of many eight-to-ten year olds, gaming, chatting  and sharing content is integrated into their friendships and free-time. Whilst this age group are often familiar with these types of online activities, they aren’t always able to recognise risky situations or behaviours.

Play Like Share helps children to identify the signs of pressurising and threatening behaviour in an age appropriate way. This is explored through highly relatable characters and non-frightening peer-on-peer scenarios, where children recognise tactics such as flattery or bribery or that feeling you might get when something’s not right. The resources aims to develop children’s confidence and skills to respond to these situations and get help when they need it.

The sessions also cover issues such as being kind to others online and what is appropriate to share. Learning from mistakes the characters make in the films such as sharing a ‘funny’ photo of someone without their permission or liking a mean comment on social media, eight-to-tens will understand that treating others with respect is as important online as it is offline.

Do you work with particularly risk taking or vulnerable eight-to-ten year olds?

Included in the resource park are some targeted extension sessions, designed to be delivered to small groups of particularly risk-taking or vulnerable children. The sessions focus on key issues related to this specific group, including self-esteem, commercial risks, privacy and security and inappropriate online contact from adults.

Next steps…

  • Download Play Like Share films and resource pack here
  • Read the guidance on how to deliver Play Like Share safely and effectively
  • Choose the session plans that are appropriate to the children’s use of the internet
  • Make copies of the resources you need
  • Deliver Play Like Share over three or more sessions
  • Encourage parents and carers to watch the Play Like Share Trailer
  • Distribute help-sheet and letter about Play Like Share to the parents and carers you work with

This week we will be actively promoting Play Like Share on our social media channels. Please share the content with your followers.

Feel free to forward this email to other professionals who would be interested in using Play Like Share with the children they work with.

We hope you enjoy delivering our new resource.

Kind regards,

CEOP Education team