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