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It‘s all fun and games

Try out some not-so-fun new rules and chat about the problems with online games.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Equipment depends on chosen game

Before you begin

  • Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here
  • Play The gaming game as an introduction to staying safe online.
  • In this activity, everyone will play familiar games with new rules that mimic some of the things they may come across in online games. They’ll have the chance to chat about how the rules affected the game, and how they can stay safe when playing games online.
  • Check out some more resources and activities for Safer Internet Day 2021 on the UK Safer Internet Centre website.

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:

  • Set up a handwashing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Remind everyone to stay at a safe distance while playing the games.

Chat about games

  1. The person leading the activity should ask everyone whether they play any online games. The games could be on a phone, games console or computer.
  1. The person leading the activity should ask everyone if the games they play have any adverts, or any ways to spend real money to get things in the game.

Play a game

  1. As a group, everyone should choose their favourite quick game to play for this activity. They should choose a game they can play while staying socially distanced.
  1. The person leading the game should explain the new rules that make the game a bit more like an online game by mimicking some of the features people may come across.
  1. Everyone should get stuck into the game with the new rules.

 

Discuss and reflect

  1. Everyone should chat about how the new rules changed the game.
  1. Everyone should chat about the different things they may experience in online games and why it’s important to be careful when playing games online.

Reflection

Staying safe online isn’t just limited to online games, but they’re a good place to start. When things like games or apps are free, the companies often make their money by selling people things or selling people’s information to advertisers. What sort of information do people think online games or social media sites might know about people? How can people make sure they keep their information private?

Why is it important to think carefully before sharing information online? People could think about how not everyone is who they say they are; they could also think about the fact that once someone or something has information, it’s hard to take it back. People should think about whether they’d want others to see things in the future (for example, in 10 or 20 years’ time) before they share it online.

Safety

Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.