Available from Thinkuknow, Play Like Share is a three-episode animated series with an accompanying resource pack that 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.
The series follows 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.
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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. The resources aim to develop children’s confidence and skills to respond to these situations and get help when they need it.
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. The resource pack also contains guidance, photocopiable workbooks and materials to engage parents and carers.
Download Play Like Share films and resource pack here.