Band Runner game and website

What is Band Runner

Featuring characters and safety messaging from the Play Like Share animated films, Band Runner is a fun game that puts children’s knowledge about staying safe online to the test by asking them to help characters make safe choices.

Children will learn to:

  • Distinguish between safe and unsafe behaviours online
  • Feel more confident to seek help from a trusted adult when they need it
  • Understand how they can use the Thinkuknow 8-10s website to seek advice and support on staying safe online

Access the Band Runner game and Thinkuknow website for 8-10 year olds here.

What our website covers

The Band Runner game is hosted within our informative website for 8-10 year olds which provides clear and practical safety advice in the following areas:

  • Play – playing games online
  • Like – being kind to others online
  • Share – sharing videos and photos online
  • Chat – talking to others online
  • Lock – keeping information private
  • Explore – exploring the internet

The website also include the Play Like Share animations, and offers advice and support to children who are feeling worried, scared or upset about something which has happened online.

How these resources can be used

The Band Runner game and website can be used by professionals in all settings as a part of group or one-to-one work. A guidance pack is included to help you to deliver an online safety session using both resources.

The game and website can also be used by parents and carers at home with their children. Share our helpsheet with parents and carers to encourage them to use the game and website to consolidate learning and create opportunities for positive conversation about staying safe online. You will find this in the resource pack that can be downloaded from the link above.

Related resources

Resource for 8-10 year olds

Play Like Share: animated series and resources

Use our Play Like Share animated series and learning session plans to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online. The three-episode series follows the adventures of Alfie, Ellie and Sam as they form a band and enter their school’s Battle of the Bands contest, taking on the mean but ‘cool’ Popcorn Wizards as they go.

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