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Building on from the previous session, “Sharing Online”, ask pupils to tell you what things they should never share about online, and discuss what the dangers could be:
Passwords, address, phone number, photos of you in school uniform, what school you go to, any other personal information etc.
Lead a discussion based on the following questions:
• What websites do you think are safe places to be, and why?
• What could we do to make sites safer places for children to be? (Think about places where children can play safely e.g. the school playground. How is it a safe place to be? How do we, or can we, make playing online as safe as our school playground?)
Use this discussion to highlight the point that bad language and bad behaviour online is inappropriate.
Bullying is inappropriate behaviour online (cyberbullying), and in real life too!
Explain that the clip children are going to watch shows the dangers one girl faced when she shared a photo online with someone she didn’t know.
Introduce by saying,
“This is a story about a girl called Lucy. Lucy is not someone you know, she doesn’t go to your school and Lucy isn’t her real name – but her story IS real and we know that this has happened to some children.”
Click to play the film.
Extension. You may wish to replay the clip, this time asking children to put their hands up and down every time they see a danger sign. If they see another danger sign they should put their hand up again so that the teacher can see.
In pairs and then across the group, discuss these questions:
• What happened in the film?
• What were the signs that something that would cause upset was going to happen?
Explain that Lucy didn’t see anything wrong with sharing a photo of Oscar and herself online. Lucy didn’t realise strangers could access her photo.
Ask students to discuss in pairs the following questions, and feedback their most important point to the class:
• What could Lucy have done when she got the first message? (She should have reported it to someone safe, someone she trusts.)
• Who might her trusted adults be?
• The man lied about his age but what else could people online lie about?
Discuss across the class the following:
• What is also worrying about this clip is that ‘the boy’ was interested in seeing Lucy’s pants. Why is this worrying? Why is this wrong?
• What should Lucy do when she gets into the car with her Mum?
• What do you think Mum might say to Lucy?
Remind the children that:
• Unfortunately, there are people in the world who want to harm others and we always have to be aware of this.
• That’s why we are teaching you ways to keep yourself safe online. People can harm us in real life but they can reach us easily online as well: sometimes people pretend to be someone they’re not.
• Be careful about the information you share online. Don’t post a picture of yourself in your school uniform, for example, or where you live.
• Through chatting with your friends online, others can also learn where you will meet your friends and when you will be on your own. This is another way in which people who want to cause you harm can find out personal details about your life.
Ask students to write Lucy some advice about what she could do next, and what she could do better in the future.
They should make Lucy a visual reminder of what to do if she gets another message from a stranger.
Re-visit the safe person online drawings that children did in the last session.
Ask children if there is anything else they would now like to add? They could use a third different coloured pen/pencil to do this.
Ask children to write this tagline at the bottom of their sheet:
‘Report… but don’t delete, reply or meet.’
Discuss what it means.
Ask the class to think about one thing they’re going to change because of the lesson.
Then remind pupils that if they ever need to speak to someone about something that is bothering them they should talk to a trusted adult (go through who these might be).
If for some reason they feel they can’t, they could always phone Childline for a chat 0800 1111 or contact Childline online.