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Snakes and ladders game helps children stay safe online

2 February 2018 

We’re using the game of Snakes and Ladders to help primary school children learn about online safety.

Our Barefoot Computing programme has launched a new campaign called Safety Snakes. It offers teachers a range of free resources to help them combine online safety with computational thinking and programming skills.

Safety Snakes features a fun lesson designed around the traditional Snakes and Ladders game. Children throw dice and then program a Bee-Bot robot to make it move up ladders and down snakes on a digital mat to learn online safety dos and don’ts.

Barefoot snakes and ladders game

Karen Hayton from the BT Tech Literacy team says: “With the support of our volunteers who deliver teacher workshops, providing free and engaging Barefoot resources, we can bring computational thinking to life in a fun way to even more children, while helping them to stay safe online.”

Safety Snakes was designed by Manchester primary school teacher and Barefoot author, Jon Chippindall. He says: “We’ve all enjoyed playing Snakes and Ladders, so it made the perfect game for capturing the attention of children. Using Bee-Bots instead of counters allows them to practise their programming skills too.

“This innovative campaign has been a great collaborative effort by BT, the Barefoot team and the UK Safer Internet Centre.”

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