The new school year is here! Thinkuknow has new resources and training opportunities to support you with the year ahead:
- New resource for 8-10 year olds
- Digital Families conference 2018
- New Ambassador course dates
1.Band Runner: new Thinkuknow game and website for 8-10 year olds.
If you haven’t already seen it, Thinkuknow have a new resource for 8-10 year olds called Band Runner. This is a fun runner-style game, available on the Thinkuknow website, which you can use in the classroom and encourage children to play at home.
The game features the characters from Play Like Share: Sam, Alfie and Ellie who continue their adventures, this time running through school and collecting stars and points, whilst children support them to make decisions online. The game helps children to build their knowledge, confidence and skills to stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they might encounter online.
A key area of the new site is the ‘Stay Safe’ zone that features six topic areas: Play, Like, Share, Chat , Lock, and Explore. Children can also visit the ‘Worried About Something?’ page which provides advice and support on how to get help if something worrying has happened online.
There is guidance for professionals, which includes a lesson plan on using Band Runner with children and young people. We also see Band Runner as being a great tool and a unique way parents and carers can start/continue discussions in the home about online safety – alongside having a bit of fun in the process! To help them do so they have created an information sheet which includes ‘things to discuss’ whilst playing the game. Download all the resources here.
2. Digital Families conference 2018 – The Future for Young People Online
This conference, provided by NCA-CEOP and Parent Zone, is taking place in London on 10th October 2018, and will explore the challenges and opportunities of raising and educating children in a digital world. Expert speakers include, Sonia Livingstone OBE, Dr Victoria Baines and Dave Coplin. If you would like to hear more about what NCA –CEOP will be presenting on the day visit Thinkuknow’s blog post page here and get your ticket here.
3.New Ambassador course dates
With over 400 Ambassadors trained already this year, a final few spaces remain on their upcoming courses in 2018. The London course date is: 6th December 2018. For more information about the course and to book, click here.