The Snap Trap – E-Safety & Cyber Bullying

The Snap Trap - Cyber Safety 1

Due to the constant advancement of technology, children are growing up with limitless access to the digital world. According to Ofcom (2018), children (aged 5-15) spend an average of 2 hours 11 minutes online per day. It is a well-known fact that social media and online gaming can negatively impact a young person’s emotional well-being and present safeguarding issues if they are not properly educated. In a report by the Children’s Commissioner (2018), she states that “while social media clearly provides some great benefits to children, it is also exposing them to significant risks emotionally, particularly as they approach year 7”. Today’s youth are the information generation. We believe young people need to be more informed in order to make better decisions when using smart technology, and especially on social media and gaming platforms.

Synopsis:

‘The Snap Trap’ is an interactive theatre show which helps children recognise the risks associated with online activity and the use of social media including apps such as: Snapchat, Instagram and WhatsApp. We tell the real stories of young people and how their digital lives turned their real lives upside-down. There are two central characters in the show who we see fall into dangerous situations online. Sam is being coerced into taking risks that are only going to end one way. Amy thinks she is meeting up with the coolest boy in school, but it turns out that she has been talking to someone completely different. Facilitators pause the action throughout the performance and encourage audiences to share their thoughts on the issues.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Highlight misuse of social media and the impact of cyber-bullying and sexting.
  2. Demonstrate peer pressure and coercive behaviour and how to stop it.
  3. Encourage audiences to be SMART when going online (Safe, Meeting, Accepting, Reliable,Tell).
  4. Help parents support children to use social media in a positive way.
  5. Help schools broaden digital literacy and children’s resilience.
  6. Prepare children for the ‘transition’ to secondary school.

PSCHE Core themes that this programme covers:

Health and Well-being

  • Deepen understanding of mental and emotional health
  • Making informed choices
  • Recognising how images in media and online don’t always reflect reality
  • Recognising risk and how to manage it
  • Responsibility to keep themselves and others safe
  • Pressure to behave in unacceptable and risky ways
  • Asking for help
  • Strategies for keeping safe online
  • Responsible use of phones
  • Managing requests for images of themselves or others

Relationships

  • Actions that affect themselves and others
  • Keeping secrets
  • Recognising and realising consequences of teasing, bullying and aggressive behaviour (cyber-bullying, trolling)
  • Recognising and managing dares
  • Understanding boundaries

Living in the Wider World

  • Developing strategies for getting support for themselves or others at risk
  • Critically examining what is in social media; importance of being careful of what they forward to others

This programme will complement the following safeguarding objectives

(Department for Education Statutory Guidelines on Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019):
  • Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional)
  • Peer-on-peer abuse
  • Safeguarding issues
  • Contextual Safeguarding

“This project has been an amazing success and has reached so many young people, raising awareness and enabling young people to support one another with their learning.”
Jude Houghton
Senior Service Co-ordinator at Catch22 Pan Cheshire Missing and Child Sexual Exploitation Service

“The performance was super – the children really felt the impact of the message and it certainly got them thinking about online safety in a real way – rather than us grown-ups nagging!!! We are following it up with parents on Tuesday with workshops from Jane Cummins, where they will also receive the safe online magazine, so fingers crossed all bases covered and a good starting point for further conversations.”
Caroline
Little Bollington School

“The 2engage performance was really well received by the Warrington schools who attended. It was really well thought out and pitched at the right level. The performance included humour and made it as true to life as possible giving students who subsequently watch the performance something they can relate to. The interaction with the audience makes the performance and helps bring the relevant messages to life.”
Michelle Herritage
Education Safeguarding Officer

“It was a great show - thank you. The pupils really got a lot from it and your staff were excellent. They clearly learnt how dangerous risky internet use can be and that smartphones need to be used responsibly. A really worthwhile session and something we could build on afterwards.”
Sarah Gill
Ivy Bank Primary

At A Glance

Age Group: Years 4, 5 & 6
Key Stage: KS2
Duration: 50-60 mins
Group Size: 1-150
Resource Pack: Yes
Follow Up Workshop: Please contact for details
Key Themes: SOCIAL MEDIA DANGERS,  CYBER BULLYING, E-SAFETY, SMARTPHONE MISUSE, CSE,