You will need
- Device with access to the internet
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.
- Make sure that the person leading the game is the meeting host and that they know how to use the waiting room function on Zoom – there’s more information on the Zoom blog.
Play the game
- The person leading the game should welcome everyone and ask them to mute themselves. They should explain that everyone will be playing an online game of hide and seek together and that people may find themselves back in the waiting room (if they’re hiding). They don’t need to panic – if they wait, they’ll be added back to the meeting.
- Everyone should turn their camera and microphone on and make sure their Zoom’s on gallery view.
- Everyone should count down loudly together from five to one. As they’re counting, their images should shuffle around the screen because they’re all talking at slightly different times.
- When everyone says ‘two’, the person leading the game should move one person to the waiting room so that they disappear from gallery view.
- Once the countdown is finished, everyone should try to figure out who disappeared from the meeting while they were counting down. The first person to guess correctly wins the round.
- The person leading the game should add the person in the waiting room back to the meeting and everyone should play another round.
This activity needed everyone to problem solve – hopefully it brought a smile to people’s faces too. Was it easy to figure out who was missing from the meeting? What made it easier or trickier? People could think about what would’ve happened if more than one person disappeared or if people played without their cameras on. Did people have a plan to figure out who was missing? When else might it be important to pay attention to details online?
- 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.