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8-10 year olds

Chatting safely online

If you haven't watched them yet, watch the episodes of 'Play Like Share' here


Talk to your child about these questions:

  • In Play Like Share, who did Ellie and Alfie talk to that they didn’t know offline/when they are not using an app/game? [Answer: Ellie spoke to Magnus, Alfie spoke to a gamer]
  • What did Magnus and the gamer try to get them to do that wasn’t good for them? [Answer: The gamer tried to get Alfie to stay off school and play games; Megan pretended to be Magnus an tried to trick Ellie into missing the band competition]


Ask your child:

  • What makes a good friend online? [Answer: kind, supportive, good listener, makes you feel happy.]
  • What would a good friend do if someone was being mean to their friend in school? [Answer: Not join in, tell a trusted adult e.g. a teacher or parent, tell the person to stop being mean, check that their friend is okay. Discourage any suggestions of retaliating and discuss why that would not be helpful]
  • Explain that just like in a school, a good friend should do these things if someone is being mean online too e.g. making nasty comments in game or on a picture


Read the conversation below. Ask your child to write down three things that Sam and Alfie could do to be a good online friend to Ellie.

[Possible answers could be: tell a trusted adult, post a kind comment to Ellie, tell the Popcorn Wizards to stop being nasty, speak to Ellie and check that she is okay.]



Have a go at this game, it will check out your online safety knowledge as you play!



How to game safely


Take a look at this website:


There's games to play, videos to watch and lots of tips for staying safe whilst gaming. 


Now try this activity:



Do you like Apps?


The BBC App, 'Own It', is a fantastic App which helps you stay safe online. It even has a keyboard you can download to ensure that the messages you send are kind!


Look for this logo in the App store:


You can find out more information about it here


Activity 1


Watch - Film 2 - Who's Magnus?


Talk about these questions together:

  • What did you think? What did you like about this episode?
  • What does Sam do with Megan’s baby photo? [Shares the photo and makes it public]
  • How does Megan feel and what does she do in response? [She feels angry/upset. She uses Sam’s account to write a mean comment about Ellie and Alfie.]
  • What upsets Ellie and who does she turn to? [She thinks that Sam is posting mean comments about her. Megan is unkind to her and she loses the guitar-off. She turns to Magnus, who she has met online.]
  • Is Magnus the best person to support Ellie? Who else could help? [Ellie has only just met Magnus online and doesn’t know him ‘in real life’, so he is not a good source of support for her. It would be better to talk to a close friend, family member or another adult she trusts.] 


Activity 2 - What is ok to share?


Watch episode 1 again - Play, Like, Share


Talk about these together: