June 2014: Drama spells out internet safety message

PUPILS from three primary schools learnt lessons about Internet safety by watching a drama presented by Year 10 students at Haslingden High School.

The specially written interactive drama was presented to Year 6 pupils from Britannia Primary School, St James in Haslingden and Northern Primary.

They were invited into the green glow of the Internet and while they were sitting in the middle of the stage the drama unfolded around them as a student talked to someone she had met on the Internet and how she lied about her age and so did the adult.

As the scenes were played out the audience was asked to consider options and decide how the characters should react to situations.

Katie Hopwood, 14, said: “The drama was part of our theatre in education GCSE work. It lasts around 40 minutes and delivers a message about E-safety.”

Erin McNevin-Duff, 14, said: “Our drama teacher wrote the baseline and then we all added our own experiences to make up the drama.”

Katie added: “It is a serious story and as it is played out it brings the Internet safety message across in a good way.”

Leon Watson, 11, from Northern Primary School, Bacup, said: “It was amazing. I thought it was a very professional production and got the message across well.”

As the pupils left the theatre they were provided with a top 10 of E-safety tips that had been discussed during the drama.

Six Year 10 students have also been asked to deliver their performance at a parents’ evening at Britannia Primary School.