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04/23/2015 Copyright Valiant Technology Ltd Safety Unfortunately recent events have made us all too well aware of how important it is to keep our children safe and while we cannot cater for every eventuality we can try to warn about some of the possible dangers confronting children, some familiar, some unknown.
04/23/2015 Copyright Valiant Technology Ltd Safety This activity is designed to be a fun way to explore some very serious issues. It can be used a small group work or a whole class activity. On a large grid Roamer has to go from bottom left to top right (number of squares depends on age of children). Write "D" (standing for discussion card) randomly on the squares. Place the discussion cards in a pile face down. The object of the exercise is to get Roamer home safely. Throw a dice and program Roamer to move the appropriate number of squares. When it lands on a discussion square the children should pick a card, discuss and vote on what Roamer should do. Teachers/classroom assistants leading the discussion should elicit all the possible outcomes of a decision including "nothing happens". Older pupils could try to start some risk assessment by estimating the likelihood of each possible outcome happening.
04/23/2015 Copyright Valiant Technology Ltd Safety For example: Deciding to walk by the shortcut through the woods some possible outcomes would be: 1.Walk through safely 75% 2.Get lost 20% 3.Fall over a log and get hurt 3% 4.Step in a puddle/wet mud and get muddy or wet 5% 5.Pick some poisonous berries and get sick 2% 6.Get mugged 5% 7.Get assaulted 0.5%
04/23/2015 Copyright Valiant Technology Ltd Safety Obviously the likelihood of the different events happening depends on your local area. The percentages don't have to add up to 100% - after all you could get lost, fall over a log and end up in a puddle! The teacher needs to write the discussion cards as they think appropriate. Not all the situations will lead to danger - it is important that the children learn to distinguish between high and low risk situations. The teacher also needs to have decided what the appropriate action is for each decision, from "go forward 3 spaces" to "go back to the beginning" or "forfeit the game and not get home safely at all". This activity could also be done for safety in the home.
04/23/2015 Copyright Valiant Technology Ltd Safety Why use Roamer? By using Roamer they are actively making decisions that will keep Roamer safe and get it home in one piece. They are emotionally engaged with it, it is not a totally abstract exercise. However because they are using a third party they are safely distanced from the issues and can discuss them objectively. Knowing that you cannot possibly cover every eventuality this will help them assess new situations as they come across them and make informed and safe judgements.
04/23/2015 Copyright Valiant Technology Ltd Discussion Cards 1.There is a shortcut home through the woods. Do you use it? 2.You need to cross the busy road. Do you cross where you are or walk 100yards to a zebra crossing 3.You need to cross the quiet road. Do you cross where you are or walk 100 yards to a zebra crossing. 4.You are going to be late home and your mum is going to be cross. A friend of your neighbour's stops his car and offers you a lift. Should you accept? 5.You fall over and twist your ankle. Your friend's mum offers to give you a lift home. Should you accept?
04/23/2015 Copyright Valiant Technology Ltd Discussion Cards 6.A man is looking through bushes calling for his dog. He's lost him and asks for your help. Should you help him? 7.Some friends are playing on a building site. It looks great fun. They call you over. What should you do? 8.It's a hot sunny day and the pond in the park looks inviting. You think you're a good swimmer should you and your friend jump in? 9.You want to cross the shallow stream. There are lots of little rocks to cross by. Should you cross the stream by jumping from rock to rock? 10.It's getting dark. Should you use the shorter route through a short alley or the longer route down a well-lit street?