Task 5 – Option 1


“My fabulous friend machine” by Nick Bland This is one of my favourite books for teaching and talking with primary school children about online safety.

Popcorn is, quite simply, the friendliest chicken at Fiddlesticks farm! When she finds a Fabulous Friend Machine in the barn, she sets about making some brand new friends. But behind the screen of the Fabulous Friend Machine, maybe her new friends are not so friendly after all.

There are several pages that could start conversations about when to use our devices (not when having time with our friends or when crossing a road), how we use them (not all day and night)  and what information we share online ( not personal information like our address nor invite our new friends to a party at our house).

After reading this book, I would share some scenarios that illustrate safe and unsafe digital behaviour and students could vote using ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ method. There is a set of scenario cards that can be printed & sorted into “Seems Safe & Seems Unsafe” available on Teachers Pay Teachers. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/DIGITAL-SAFETY-SCENARIOS-SORT-4431040?st=09d5439c447e0cf260d9fb629bd29996

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