Film (8 minutes) and supporting materials

This film combines a fictional story with real life interviews with children. Becky is 10 and makes a new ‘friend’ online Simon, whom she thinks is 13 years old. The audience are able to see, through the on and offline metaphor, that he is not who he says he is when chatting with Becky. The audience are shown the ways in which a public profile can be risky, and are encouraged to think about what and with whom they share information online. Through Becky’s experience, the film shows young people how they can prevent this situation, keep themselves safe and get support if needed.

This film was created in 2010 and the technology featured has dated. You can access other resources that cover similar topics by using the search function.

Key issues covered

Jigsaw deals with:

  • The importance of personal privacy online and the use of privacy settings 
  • The importance of only talking to real friends
  • The ease with which images and contents can be accessed, and how they can be used by other people
  • The way in which offenders can seek to deceive children online
  • Cyberbullying

Target audience

This is suitable for 8-10's where practitioners feel this is appropriate. It directly addresses offender tactics and online privacy. 

Learning objectives 

Learners will be able to recognise the importance of online privacy and the need to be careful about what they share via the internet. They will also be able to discuss cyberbullying and grooming behaviours. They will be introduced to the idea of the digital tattoo and the way that offenders may use deception to contact children. Learners will be made aware of safer online behaviours, such as the use of privacy settings.

Support Materials 

An assembly plan is available to use with the film.

Suggestions for use with children with special educational needs or disabilities

In the film, Simon is seen in Becky’s room, going through her things and taking her photographs down from the wall. This is a metaphor for his being able to find out all about her and steal her images through her online profile. Younger children, or those with learning disabilities, may struggle with this and interpret it as showing him being physically present in Becky’s house. Facilitators will need to assess whether learners will be able to process the concept, and may need to provide additional support to allow everyone to benefit from the film.

Jigsaw is available with audio description, subtitles and a British Sign Language interpreter.