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Quick change

Zoom in on the surroundings and remember what you can see, to practice spotting changes in your surroundings.

You will need

  • Device with access to the internet

Don’t be afraid to report anything that feels out of place. We rely on information from the public to help us keep the rail network safe. It could be someone avoiding rail staff or police, leaving a bag on the railway, or checking out security arrangements like CCTV. If it doesn’t feel right, let us know and we can decide if what you have seen or what you know is important. We will check the information thoroughly. Text the British Transport Police on 61016.

The Rail Industry

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.
  • Let everyone know that you’ll focus on what you can see in the background of their video call, so they may want to find a comfortable spot with an interesting background they’re happy to show off (and move anything they want to keep private).

Play spot the difference

  1. Everyone should join the video call with their cameras on.
  2. Everyone should split into two teams. Get creative with how you show who’s on which side – one team could wear hats, sunglasses, or scarves for example.
  1. One team should spend 30 seconds looking at the backgrounds of the other team’s videos. They should try to remember as much as they can.
  1. After 30 seconds, the second team should turn off their videos and quickly change one thing in their background.
  1. Once everyone’s ready, the second team should turn their cameras back on and give the first team 30 seconds to spot as many changes as they can. They should type the changes into the chat as they spot them.
  2. After 30 seconds, the second team should reveal any changes the first team didn’t spot.
  3. The teams should swap over so everyone has a turn to spot the difference.


After playing a few rounds of ‘Quick change’, ask everyone how difficult they found it to spot a change someone had made in their background? Were some things harder to notice than others? Changing things like closing the curtains or turning a picture around can be easy to see, but moving a pencil slightly or removing something small can be harder to spot. How well did each team do, and what do teams think helped them be successful? For example, did everyone look at all the backgrounds or did each person have a specific background to look at?

When using railways, it’s really important that you’re aware of your surroundings so you can spot anything that has changed or seems out of place. Ask everyone what things they should look out for when using trains. The Rail Industry suggests this could include:

  • Someone being somewhere they shouldn’t be, for example trying to get through a door marked ‘no entry’
  • An unattended bag
  • Someone checking security arrangements, for example filming CCTV cameras at a station
  • Someone avoiding rail staff and police officers
  • Someone who could be concealing something under their clothing.

What would people do if they spotted something at a train station that didn’t feel right? Explain that if you ‘see it’ (anything out of the ordinary), then you should ‘say it’ (tell a member of rail staff or police officer, call the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text them on 61016 – though in an emergency you should always call 999). The people you tell will make sure this gets ‘sorted’ by checking out the information you’ve shared with them.


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.