Using drama to support E-Safety education

February 25, 2010

A new play being toured in Highland secondary schools aims to teach pupils how to use the internet responsibly and avoid cyber bullying.

“The Cyber Room” presented by Eden Court Theatre’s Arts Education Department with The Highland Council starts today (22 Feb) in Grantown Grammar and Kingussie High and will tour other Highland secondary schools until 12 March.

The plot of the play has four 15 year-olds meeting in an internet chat-room. What brings them there? Are they all who they say they are?  Is the room really what it appears to be?  Is someone trying to manipulate the encounter?

This 50-minute play, with post-show discussion, deals with: internet safety and young people; bullying, identity, responsibility and friendship in an internet setting.

The key messages that the play aims to convey are: the importance of using the internet responsibly; to encourage pupils think more carefully about they are talking to online; and to know where they can report someone whose behaviour online is causing them concern.

Councillor Bill Fernie, Chairman of The Highland Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Committee said: “Raising awareness of cyber bullying in a non-threatening way through drama is a very commendable approach at getting the message across to young people.  I am delighted that this work through our Arts Links Officer, Lynn Johnson and Health Promoting Schools Manager, Louise Jones who is also supporting other initiatives and Cyber bullying Guidance that we introduced to staff at the end of last year.”

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New resources for 5 -7 year olds

February 4, 2010

New on ThinkUKnow

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This 8 minute animation introduces Lee & Kim, a brother and sister navigating the online world with the help of their trusted superhero friend SID! With his super powers, SID shows them how to keep themselves safe while having fun online. Based around 4 simple tips for children to remember and a song, the cartoon aims to teach children how to protect themselves and others around them. As well as addressing grooming, the animation also focuses on digital citizenship highlighting the importance of treating each other well and behaving responsibly not only in the playground, but also online.

This cartoon is designed to be played in either Assembly or Circle Time with an introductory and follow-up discussion based on our downloadable activity sheets. The resource is primarily aimed at Key Stage 1 but parts of it would be suitable for Year 3 in Key Stage 2. We have also included several activities for reception children in the Foundation Stage. These core activities are primarily designed to fulfill elements of the PSHE, Citizenship and ICT curriculum.

As well as these core activities we also have a number of follow up activities available for download all designed to link into different parts of the curriculum, including Art & Design, Music, Maths and Physical Education.

All of the activities are supported by additional materials such as masks, a board game and song sheets.