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Dashing digits

Think you’re fast on your phone? Put your skills to the test in this fast-paced typing activity.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Device with access to the internet
  • Stopwatch or phone

Before you begin

  • This is a great activity to run during an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
  • Ask everyone to bring along a phone so they they can type during the game, or just ask them to type into the chat box of your online meeting. 


Grab your stopwatch

  1. The person leading the activity should welcome everyone to the meeting and ask them to mute themselves. If you're playing the game in smaller teams, use a feature like Zoom’s breakout rooms to get into groups.
  2. One person in each group will need a method of timing the typist, this could be with a stopwatch or an app on a phone.
  3. Using the Scout promises above, allow everyone the opportunity to choose the promise they want to type.

Flex those fingers                                                           

  1. Ask for a volunteer to go first and, when they're ready, begin the stop watch.
  2. See how fast they can type their chosen phrase.
  1. Once everyone's had a go, try it a second time and see if they can type even faster.
  1. To finish, you could ask everyone to type into the chat box of your online meeting at the same time. See who is fastest to complete the promise without making any mistakes.


This activity was all about developing skills. How quickly was everyone able to type and use their phone? Did anyone make many mistakes? People may find that approaching tasks quickly will get the job done, but if they take their time, they may be more accurate and make fewer mistakes. Why is it important to find a balance between speed and accuracy? This isn’t just true for using a mobile phone. When else may people need to find a balance between speed and accuracy? When might people need to be speedy and when might they need to take their time? 


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.