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RSHE: Using drama to address online abuse

Using drama across the curriculum can help adolescents tackle some of the challenges they face. Teacher Gary Baxendale discusses using drama and role-play to address the dangers of online abuse

While adolescents have always had issues to deal with, modern technologies and shifting social attitudes mean today’s young people are particularly in need of support. If this isn’t challenging enough, they also have to deal with the impact of the pandemic. However, using drama as part of our teaching approaches can help us to address some of these challenges.

Braving the new world

The childhood young people find themselves navigating today is far different to the one experienced by their parents. While technology has brought many benefits, as teachers we are constantly reminded of the risks it poses to children: online bullying, grooming, access to radicalisation, issues with body image, consent and so forth.

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