Read or watch 'The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Ask your child to tell you about what happened in the story.
Look back at any parts they have not understood and explain to them what you think is happening.
Ask them to draw the 'funny' or most memorable part on a small piece of paper.
(Expect and allow your child to draw the part where he has no clothes in the crowd full of people)
Discuss how the emperor might have felt about that moment in the story. (Initially he was proud and happy and then he was confused because he didn't know why people were laughing. Later he was embarrassed and blushed because he realised. He might have been humiliated, sad, upset or worried. He might have felt silly for being tricked)
Ask - Can you think of a time when you felt embarrassed?
Ask them to cut/rip/destroy the photo they drew of the emperor so that nobody else will ever see it.
Explain that it isn’t easy to destroy photos like this when they are online/ on the Internet, mostly they are permanent.
Ask -If we can't delete them what should we do before sharing photos?
Suggest the following solutions
1. Who did Tia want to send the pictures to at first?
2. Was Tia’s nan the only person they sent them to?
3. How did more people end up seeing the pictures?
4. What made Mo feel sad?
5. What did Kyle say about the friends sharing a picture with him in it?
6. What did the friends do when they found out that their photos had been shared with other people at school?
7. What did Miss Humphrey say she would do to help?
To understand why it is important to have adult supervision when on games.
To understand the dangers of the chat function on games.
To know that people online are strangers or could be strangers.
To know who to tell if they see something that makes them feel uncomfortable.
To know not to share passwords or personal information with others.
Read/watch the story of 'Aladdin'.
1. Was the man his uncle? (Aladdin met a mysterious stranger who pretended to be a friend or relative.)
2. Why did the man send Aladdin into the cave? (He wanted Aladdin to steal things for him and then he was going to run off with the lamp and trap him).
3. Do you think the stranger made lots of promises to try and persuade Aladdin to go with him/to go into the cave for him?
4. Do you think he kept these promises? (The stranger made a lot of promises but he didn’t keep them.)
5. Why do you think Aladdin did what the man said? Maybe he had been promised something in return, maybe he was scared, maybe he wasn’t sure what to do.
6. How did the villain trap Aladdin? (He had sneaky ways and seemed to have all of the magic passwords so it was hard for Aladdin to understand what was going. He had never met anyone like that before because ihe had never met a baddy alone and shouldn't have had to. He took Aladdin into the desert where there weren’t many people so they didn’t catch him. He planned to trap Aladdin all along.
7. When did he realise something was wrong? He started to feel things weren’t quite right. He started to feel uncomfortable. He may have felt a funny feeling in his tummy.
8. What did he do when he realised it was a trick? (Aladdin asked for help when things were tricky and called for help from the genie. Just like Cinderella did with Fairy Godmother in our previous lesson)
9. Who can we tell if something makes us feel funny in our tummy? (A trusted grown up) When Aladdin realised he asked for help and went to find his grown up but he should have asked before he went away from home.
10. Did the magician stop being mean? (No – later he tricked the princess as well. She did not realise that he was tricking her either.
11. What did they do to make it better? (They asked for help again. They banished the baddie from the kingdom. Did you know that when people are unkind online they can be reported and blocked and this helps us to stop them tricking us and other people.)
- Don’t give your passwords or personal information to anyone
- Don't go off without telling your adult and don't talk or meet up with strangers even if they say they know you or say they are your friend.
1. What were Jessie, Tia and Mo’s power words in the Avelzon game?
2. How did the mystery gamer trick Jessie and her friends into telling her their power words? (or passwords)
3. What did Jessie do when the mystery gamer tricked them in the game? (Once answered, who else could they have told?
4. Who would you tell if you were worried about something that happened whilst playing a game?)
5. Did Jessie know that the mystery gamer was really her sister Amber?
6. What did Jessie’s dad tell Jessie, Tia and Mo to do with their power words (or passwords) after they were shared and no longer private?
Check the age rating.
Some games have age ratings like films but not all. It is worth looking on the box before purchasing and also looking online for an age rating. There can be some variation on the age of games as it can change over time depending which features are added to the game. The changes can be dramatic e.g. from a 6 to a 16 so it is worth having a look to keep your child safe.
Check if it has chat
It is also worth checking it out yourself - does it have a chat feature where strangers could talk to your child about anything? Remember those talking to your child could be any age, could use any words they wish and could ask for personal information/try and arrange to meet up.
Check the settings and set boundaries to help your child learn how to stay safe. In many games there are filters and security settings that can be added to prevent exposure to inappropriate content. You may be able to get software that can help to filter content on your device.
Don't support your child's access to games beyond their age.
Remember, you are in charge. As a parent, it can be difficult to explain to your child that they can't play/watch a game yet especially if an older sibling or parent is playing but it is really important to ensure they are not seeing things they are not appropriate for their age or that they are not emotionally mature enough to deal with yet. They are unlikely to understand where or when it is appropriate to repeat phrases they may have heard and it is highly likely to make its way into their playtime games and conversations.
Supervision is key. Keep your child nearby when they are playing games online or using a device. Use devices in communal areas.
Show interest. Talk to your child openly about the games they play. Join in with them to find out more about them.
Learn more about the dangers involved in some of the games your child may be playing.
Follow the link below where there are parent help sheets about many of the current games your child may be playing.
Read/watch the story of 'The 3 Billy Goats Gruff.'
Ask - Who are the goodies? Who are the baddies? (Think about how they behave in the story)
Ask - What does the troll under the bridge spend his time doing?
Ask – How do you think the goats felt when the troll popped out?
How did they solve their problem?
Do you think the little billy goat should have gone over the bridge on his own? (No)
Explain that the little goat let his Mum and Dad deal with the troll.
Explain that goats solved their troll problem by charging at the baddy using their horns and they stopped him from hurting others in the same way.
Explain we can learn a lot about staying safe online from the story.
Explain that we should never go off on our own online.
Explain that when we go on the internet we sometimes are just doing our normal activities but occasionally ‘trolls’ might pop up and show us things that might make us feel worried or scared. The things that pop-up could look like an advert, a competition, a scary picture in the middle of a video or story we are watching or a rude message or picture.
Explain that this isn't something we need to worry about but we do need to tell an adult. The best way to stop a baddie/villain/troll in their tracks is to be brave, speak out and tell a trusted adult about them.
Encourage your child that whatever happens, it is never too late to tell a grown up even if they are scared they might get in trouble. It is not their fault that these things are online.
Explain that the adult can help to block them or report them so they can't hurt others in the same way.
1. How did Jessie feel when she watched ‘The Funny Tummy Song’ video?
2. How did Jessie feel when she watched ‘The Happy Croccy’ video?
3. What did Jessie do that made her feel better?
Checking understanding -If your child says something like "Well I'm not even scared of crocodiles anyways" remind them that the scary thing might not be a crocodile and it could be anything, something they do find scary. What is scary for them might be different to what is scary for their friend.
- YouTube doesn't having age certifications in the same way films do so grown up supervision is really important.
- Some videos can look like a perfectly harmless episode of 'Peppa Pig' but sometimes people have added inappropriate voice overs or pictures in the middle that are intended to scare so it is important to check them to be sure.