As eSafety becomes statutory from September 2014 with even the youngest children I am sure we will see a flurry of new resources being published. Currently many schools rely on the offerings from CEOP and Childnet to deliver key eSafeguarding messages. At Key Stage 1 ebooks seem to be a popular method for engaging young children with issues and Magda and Mo takes this up a step with an interactive choice offering.
Magda and Mo are two curious kids who want to play online but need your help to make good choices. Follow their interactive adventures and help them decide during the story if they should do it themselves or ask a grown-up for help? Good choices are rewarded with donuts whilst incorrect choice provide a great platform for discussion.
Magda and Mo have been created by AVG with the help of the international Internet safety charity, Childnet, to help parents and children learn together about how to safely enjoy life online. The characters feature in a series of stories that deal with topics like Internet security and online protection, safe surfing and searching, and how to deal with issues like cyber-bullying and being a good friend online. There are Notes for Grown-ups at the end of the stories that feature good advice for parents about how to talk positively to their children about the internet.
The only downside is the American spelling of Mommy but don’t let this put you off an otherwise useful teaching resource.
How can I use Magda and Mo in the classroom?
At KS1 Magda an Mo could be used as an interactive whole class book with pupils voting on the choice to make allowing discussion for any areas of concern. The charcaters of Magda and Mo could be used to add speech bubbles offering eSafety tips which could then be shared around school or on the school website. The story consistently reinforces the key message of talking to an adult before using the internet, to support this pupils could list 3 rules that they should do when using the internet at home and share these with parents.
At KS2 Magda and Mo is a create starting point resource that pupils could use as a model for creating their own interactive ebook using a book creator app or powerpoint and hyperlinks. The story of Magda and Mo could be extended to introduce another key message or the characters could be used to create the next installment about a topic such as cyberbullying, keeping passwords safe or what to do when you are in trouble online.
Regardless of if you choose to use this ebook in the classroom it’s certainly worth making parents aware of it and the additional title Little Bird’s Internet Security Adventure for Pre-School Children which is available on the iPad.
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