You will need
- Scrap paper
- Pens or pencils
- Boxes or hoops
Before you begin
- Print and cut out the ‘Care to share?’ cards. You could also make your own by writing the descriptions on pieces of scrap paper.
- Label one box or hoop with ‘share’ and one with ‘don’t share’. Put one box or hoop in one corner of the room, and the other in the opposite corner.
- Spread out the ‘Care to share?’ cards face down in the middle of the meeting place. Choose which cards are appropriate for your young people.
To share or not to share?
- The person leading the game should explain that it’s important to know what’s safe to share online. Even if people aren’t old enough to be on social media yet, it’s important to learn how to be safe so they’re ready.
- The person leading the game should ask some questions to get everyone thinking. For example, should people share the password to their email address? No. What about a funny picture of a pet? Sure!
Play the game
- Everyone should split into two teams. Each team should stand in a space away from the cards and boxes.
- When the person leading the game says ‘go’, the first person in each team should run to the ‘Care to share?’ cards and turn one over.
- The player should quickly decide whether it’s OK to share that thing, or whether it shouldn’t be shared. They should take the card to the right box and pop it in (face up) before joining their team.
- Once the player gets back to their team, the next player should go and repeat steps two to four.
- Keep going until everyone’s had a go.
- The person leading the game should collect the boxes and hoops, and everyone should discuss where the cards ended up.
- If there’s time, everyone could add some extra cards of their own and play again.
This activity was all about communication and developing skills. Did people find it easy to sort the cards? Were there any that were harder than others? It can be exciting to go on holiday, for example, but sharing ticket details could help scammers, give away personal information, and tell people your home’s empty. What could people do instead? They could wait and share photos without personal information in after their holidays. When can it be useful to share online? People can share enjoyable stories and videos, but they can also raise awareness for good causes, for example, by sharing charity appeals. If anyone’s ever nervous, scared, or unsure about anything they see online they should always talk to an adult they trust.
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people
- 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.
- 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, the Net Aware website has information and safety tips for apps.
As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.