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Combat the negative impact

Taking action to slow coronavirus can be tough. Work together to help make an action a little easier.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Device with access to the internet
  • A4 paper
  • Pens or pencils

Before you begin

Fact attack

  1. The person leading the activity should ask everyone one of the fact attack questions. It’s up to them whether they use an interactive platform like Kahoot! or keep it simple and just read it out.
  1. Everyone should answer the question. They could type the answers in the chat box, use a Zoom poll, or hold up their fingers to show the number of their answer (or make a T or F for true and false).
  2. After everyone has answered all the questions, everyone should chat about how the quiz went. Was anyone surprised with any of the answers? Why do people think there is so much incorrect news about coronavirus? What could people do to help?


What can we do?

Now you’ve separated the facts from the fiction, it’s time to talk about all the actions we can take to help slow the spread of coronavirus and protect our communities.

  1. Everyone should chat about all of the ways that people can play their part and help slow the spread of coronavirus. Someone should note down all of the ideas – they could type them into the chat or write them on a piece of paper and hold them up.
  1. Everyone should think about how these actions affect people. For each action the group came up with, think about the impact on the person doing it and those around them.
  1. Everyone should split into teams. The person leading the activity should give each team one of the actions the group came up with and put each team into a different breakout room.
  2. Each team should about what they could do to help make their action easier. What could they do to help address some of the negative effects of doing it?
  1. Each team should choose one idea they’d like to present back to the whole group.
  2. Everyone should join back together. The teams should take it in turns to present their idea for how to reduce the negative effects of the action they were discussing.
  3. Everyone should vote on the idea they’d like to work on as a group and turn into reality.
  1. Everyone should plan out their idea so they can put it into action! We’d love to see what you do: you can show us on Twitter by tagging @UK_Scouting.


Everyone can play their part in helping to slow the spread of coronavirus, but sometimes the things they need to do can be difficult for themselves and the people around them. What actions have people been finding the most difficult? Do they think the impact of these actions is different for different people? What could people do to help those who are most affected by these actions?

Together, everyone decided on something that they could plan and take action on. How did people feel when they were thinking of ways they could help? Maybe they felt excited, motivated, or empowered to make a difference. How are the group going to work together to plan their action? What do they think the impact of their action will be?    


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.

For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.

As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.