Plusnet Plays on the Internet:

Never Trust An Alien

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 Online Grooming and is tailored for children aged between 8 – 11. Use the script to help children learn about this issue and stay safe online.

Download script

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

It’s the year 2090 and space travel is a new way of life, with many missions in progress to discover life away from Earth. While the minds of the population might be on other planets, the risks of talking to strangers online can be much closer to home than it seems.

Chickenshed theatre group showcase play – Never Trust An alien – in one-off performance
Theme overview

As children continue to find new ways to connect with each other on a range of devices and platforms, it is increasingly important to help them make smarter and safer choices online. Thinking about who they talk to and what they share online, especially with an increase of groomers online.

Tips to help reinforce safety messaging

Talk about it

Although it can be a tricky subject to talk about with your child, it is important that you start a conversation with them

Tools to keep children safe

Encourage them to make use of privacy settings on the social networks and platforms they  use so they stay in control of who can see their content

Spotting the signs

Recognising the signs of online grooming can be hard because it can happen at home and groomers  often tell children not to talk to anyone about it

Steps to take if it happens

If you are concerned that your child is being targeted by an online groomer here are a few actions you can take to protect your child:

  • Report it to the authorities
  • Reassure them it’s not their fault
  • Seek support from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command for support
  • Contact Childline – 0800 1111 or the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 for support
  • Report any sexual abuse images to the Internet Watch Foundation

Resources document

We’ve created an advice hub to offer parents more tips and advice to help protect from online grooming.

Visit advice hub