Play Like Share: animated series and resources

What is it?

Play Like Share is a series of three animated films (c. 6-7 minutes each) with supporting activities. 

The 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. The three friends learn that while the internet can help them in pursuit of their goal, they need to use it wisely and safely and that ultimately, doing your best, including others and nurturing genuine friendship is much more important than how popular you are.

The Play Like Share series is also available to download with subtitles here.

What children will learn

Play Like Share aims to give children the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to:

• Identify signs of manipulative, pressurising or threatening behaviour online

• Respond safely if they think someone is trying to manipulate, pressure or threaten them

• Understand their rights online, and respect those of others

• Take measures to control their privacy and digital footprint

• Get help from an appropriate source if they need it

How the resource can be used

The films are designed to be viewed by children aged 8-10 in the context of at least three learning sessions, based on the plans in the accompanying resource pack.

Two alternative sets of session plans are provided to enable you to meet the needs of the children you work with.

Four optional sessions draw out further learning from the films and are available for use with particularly risk-taking or vulnerable children. These can be used and adapted by professionals who work one-to-one with children.

You will also find photocopiable resources and a help sheet for parents and carers to encourage them to use the resource at home.

To preview Play Like Share, check out the trailer....

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