Plusnet Plays on the Internet:

Plays on the Internet: Ghost of the Internet

Together with Plusnet and children’s author Konnie Huq, we have created a trilogy of plays about online safety.

This play addresses the theme of Cyberbullying and is tailored for young people aged between 11 -14. Use the script to help children learn about this issue and stay safe online.

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What’s inside?

In addition to the script of the play, you’ll find workshop activities that you can do with students to help them engage and understand the meaning and importance of the theme.

Play Synopsis

In 2029, the use of technology is at an all-time high and social media usage is constant. But the most influential people on social media are not always those with the best intentions, and one pupil at the E-cademy risks using her power in the wrong way. But all is set to change following a visit from three ghosts…

Chickenshed theatre group showcase play – Ghost of the Internet – in a one-off performance
Theme overview

While the emotional aspects of bullying continue to be devastating, the internet and social media have changed the way children experience bullying. Cyberbullying, simply put is bullying that happens online through social, gaming or instant messaging platforms.

Tips to help reinforce safety messaging

Talk about it and help them deal with it

Find the right time to approach your child if you think they are being bullied. Be calm and considered and show your support

Don’t stop them going online

Taking away their devices or restricting use can make things worse and/or make your child feel more isolated

Don’t retaliate – block the bullies

Advise your child not to retaliate to abusive messages. If messages are repeated or continue, block and report them

Keep the evidence

Take screenshots in case you need them later as proof of what happened

Don’t deal with it alone

Talk to friends or your child’s school for support

Know when to take it further

In extreme cases, if you feel your child is in danger, consider contacting the police

Don’t stop when the bullying stops

Keep talking to your child and consider whether counselling could help them

Resources document

We’ve created an advice hub to offer parents more tips and advice to protect children from cyberbullying.

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More to explore

See more advice and resources to help children stay safe online.