You will need
- Device with access to the internet
- Dressing up items (for example hats, scarves or sunglasses)
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 come prepared with at least one item of clothing they can use to change how they look: a hat, scarf, pair of sunglasses, head band or face mask would all work well. People could even make their own props from scrap paper.
Play the game
- The person leading the game should welcome everyone to ‘Virtual guess who’ and ask them to mute themselves.
- Everyone should make sure their Zoom’s on gallery mode.
- Everyone should put on at least one item of fancy dress.
- The person leading the game should choose someone. They shouldn’t tell anyone who they’ve chosen.
- The person leading the game should say another player’s name. That person should unmute themselves and ask a question to help them figure out who the person leading the game has chosen. The question should be able to be answered with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and should be based on things everyone can see. Once they’ve asked their question, they should mute themselves again.
- The person leading the game should answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and choose someone else to ask a question.
- Everyone should keep track of the answers. When they think they know who the chosen player is, they should type their guess into the chat.
- The person leading the game should reveal who guessed correctly.
- Everyone should play again: the first player to guess correctly should become the person leading the game, and should now chose a player for everyone to guess and answer the questions.
This activity was all about problem solving while having fun. Can anyone think of a time they needed to find an answer by piecing together lots of small bits of information? For example, if someone needed to arrive at a destination by a certain time and on a fixed budget they’d need to find out about the different transport options, how long each took and how much each cost; they’d need to think about all of these pieces of information to plan the best possible route. People could take it in turns to share ideas of when problem solving skills like this may be useful.
- 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.