The story so far…your son/daughter has been spending too much time on the computer, chatting and playing games with friends. Now a letter has arrived from School, saying they are worried too…What is going on?



A birthday present of an Ipad only creates problems: it’s not just the late-night chats, it’s the games and the photos as well. Why are my children not listening?



Two friends are laughing and being rude about a classmate, because of something they have on their phone. A friend tries to help and tell them where they are going wrong. Later that day, Police Officer calls at your house. 




Parental responses to questionnaire.  Some gave more than one response to a question.

  1. What is your way of accessing the internet at home / in your own time?

Phone 100%. Computers 50% Tablets 25%

  1. How many hours a week are the family on the internet? Including yourself.

15 hours 50%       25 hours 25%.   20 hours 25%

  1. How many social network accounts do they have?

None 50%    Adult use only 50%

  1. Can you name any of them?

What’s App / Facebook 50%

  1. Do you know if they play 18 rated games ? Y/ N?

Not allowed 100%

Could you say which ones?    N/A.

  1. Is it ok for them to share passwords online with someone famous someone they didn’t know? YES / NO?

No 100%


Passwords should never be shared.

Children have no internet access

Its not safe for kids

Phishing attacks and personal safety.

  1. Is it safe to chat online?

Only with family members, people we know. 25%

Yes and No.  25%

Yes 25%

Not really. The child doesn’t know who the person is at the other end. 25%

  1. What would you do if they received bullying texts?

Report them to the police 25%

Report it. 50%

Block the sender and report to the school. 25%

  1. What would you do if they put photos of them-selves online, when you had asked them not to?

I would have a good talk with them and explain myself carefully. 25%

Have them remove them but explain why.    25%

I would try to delete the pictures straight away.  25%

Take away gadgets for a period and explain the dangers 25%

  1. Which type of new media creates the most problems for you?

Facebook /Snapchat  /Instagram? Others?


I am the only user, my children too young. 25%

No problems so far. 25%

Facebook / Instagram and Youtube 50%.

PS4 apps and games with a social dimension 25%

  1. What can be done about websites which encourage young people to harm themselves?

Definitely should be removed or blocked

Is there such a thing?

The websites can be more private and more security

No experience of this. Report them to the police

  1. The main reason for young people not asking for help? Being judged? Embarrassment? Feel silly? Don’t know who to trust? Bad experience?

Responses included

Mainly because their friends will see them as stupid and a baby

Want to appear independent and mature.

Feeling embarrassment and silly

I imagine one factor is feeling they have done something wrong themselves.

  1. What can you do to help yourself?

Keep communicating and keep a wide view of internet development

Keep up to date and maintain vigilence

Help other people?

Encourage reports and experience sharing.

Give advice on being careful

Please say how many children you have:         2 children 75%     No response 25%

Age range   6 – 10  years

Do you sit with them / are you in the same room when they are on the internet?

Yes mostly. 25%

Yes.  25%

No. 25%


Is there anything else you would like to say? 

I feel we all need information to stay up with new developments and how to deal with them.

Really pleased that George Spicer is taking on a thorny issue!!!


image[1989]Week 5: Workshop 3

Yesterday was a very busy day for Yr 5, with Sports day in the morning and Workshop 3 after dinner. Were they flagging? No they were not!!!

We had important decisions to make on casting, performance and staging and thank you to the Year 5 team and the pupils for your understanding creativity and input.

What we have been able to do, is to take some of the practical exercises from the workshops to incorporate them to the presentation, to communicate our ideas, information and messages in an interesting way for the audience.

Physical Theatre, ensemble, script work and improvisation all feature.

Next week is gonna be good!!!

Presentation: Thursday 6th July at 2.45pm.

All Yr 5 parents and guardians are invited to see the presentation, which has been a learning experience for me and something I value highly. The project had two main objectives, to give the pupils a drama workshop experience to develop their creativity and communication skills and to explore the important issues of e-safety and new technology. You should have received your invitation by now. There will be time for a short Q & A about the project so we hope to see you all there…thank you.

Alan Spence. Artistic Director. Theatre is real life



PRIMARY…An introduction to Drama for Yr 5 – May 4th.

The workshop is ready, the director waits,

GS 1

…and the room draws it’s breath.

GS 2

Superb opening session with YR 5. See you in June.

Primary School…are really excited about getting involved in this project.

Plans are nearing completion for MNIT and a local Primary School, to develop the project with Year and for their parents, with a view to start after Easter.

             The workshops will draw on the school’s own values of                 RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY AND PERSEVERANCE.

The pupils will be operating as actors to explore the problems of e-safety and new media to develop their knowledge and understanding, communication skills and drama techniques and We will work with two Yr 5 classes, around 60 pupils. The session length will be 90 minutes and the pupils will receive regular feedback and guidance through the activities. This project values the contributions of all, which we hope will benefit the participants, their peers, their families and the wider school community.


  1. Games and exercises:  To get everyone  working, build the group dynamic, feedback on drama skills. And have fun.
  2. Still images / Frozen pictures:  Whole class approach to explore characters, emotions  and situations.
  3. Core values – Respect, Responsibility and Perseverance:  working in different sized groups to explore the values.  Smaller groups to explore their value and then add short speeches. Share some and reflect on what we have learned.
  4. Respect, Responsibility and Perseverance and the Media? Brief discussion on how we use those values when we use the media in our every day.  Small group work showing a family / friends using the internet and doing something they know is wrong.  Time to prepare and then share some and feedback from the class.

Plenary: What are the three most important things we have learnt today?

About acting? About the issues? What is important to them. ?

SESSION 2: looks at being outside, on the fringe and central to the the problem.

SESSION 3: Introduces character work to help the pupils build their wider knowledge, a character they will create and then become in the final session which is a Community debate.

SESSION 4: Is a LIVE FROM GEORGE SPICER debate on the problems and possible solutions,             with a panel of experts played by the pupils and an audience all with something to say.

The debate will be lead by either myself or a teacher to ask important questions to ensure we get some answers.

If you would like to learn more about these new opportunities please contact Alan on or phone  07535737247.