Like Me: Free film puts spotlight on online safety

A free new and powerful film to help teach online safety to students has been published. Bob Ayres explains how the film – called Like Me – might be used in schools

Films for schools website TrueTube has just released an innovative and timely short drama called Like Me, created to help teachers discuss the pressures and dangers of social media with the SmartPhone generation.

If you were teaching in the year 2000, you will remember that every child in the country was given a cheerfully coloured Nokia for Christmas – at least, that’s what it felt like at the time.

School days have been punctuated by mobile phone confiscations ever since and the present generation of children have never known a world without the Nokia’s smart successors.

They have ceased to be “mobile phones” and are now just “phones”. And most of the time they aren’t used as phones at all – that’s just one of many apps. Instead they are used as gateways to social media, music and video.

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