Teach your class to play games safely - download brand new resources

Author: Sophia Aker, programme coordinator

It’s no secret - we love games and many of us have enjoyed playing games with our families and friends this past year. I, for one, became engrossed in the world of Animal Crossing (among other games!) last year and found it to be a wonderful escape.

Just like we’re serious about play, we're serious about staying safe and playing responsibly. So our new Get Smart About P.L.A.Y resources could not have come at a better time. In collaboration with Ask About Games, our brand new teaching resources aim to raise learners' understanding of safe and sensible play.

Download Get Smart About P.L.A.Y resources here

This scheme of work is bursting with expertise and insightful information to equip learners with information about key topics around modern games - including age ratings, in-game spend and managing screen time - to ensure they are ready to play in a healthy way. And as a teacher or parent, you’ll learn some incredibly useful tips alongside your learners!

Within, you'll find lesson packs which cover PEGI ratings, financial literacy, setting ground rules and developing online resilience. Each of these lessons are embedded into scenarios that are relevant to students current interests while teaching vital skills for the adult world.

Students can learn about the idea of financial literacy and develop their understanding of the importance of being smart with their money, or learn to develop resilience against the more negative aspects of online interaction and showcase the positives and good nature that games can offer. And so much more!

These resources will leave students feeling ready and responsible to explore and enjoy the world of video games.

While the curriculum material within this scheme of work is suitable for all ages, please be aware that the video games used in this context are rated PEGI 3, PEGI 7 and PEGI 12 which means they are suitable for ages listed only.

For more information about PEGI ratings, please visit Ask About Games or the Video Standards Council Rating Board.