The Program

How to Access Being Safety Smart

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Being Safety Smart is available to all schools. It is specifically targeted at Year two and Year three (Educational Queensland), however can be used with specific teacher support in Year one. Other schools and community groups are free to use Being Safety Smart within their curriculum

There are two ways to access Being Safety Smart:

1. Online at www.beingsafetysmart.com.au.

2. CD-ROM version

Online version

Online version of Being Safety Smart at www.beingsafetysmart.com.au

Simply register at the link on the right and we can provide you with login details and instructions.

Being Safety Smart is designed to run on a standard PC or Mac with loudspeakers connected to the internet with a broadband connection. Simply open up your browser and go to www.beingsafetysmart.com.au to start. If there is a printer connected to the computer or network then there is the option to print student awards and parent or carer information sheets.

The online resource uses Flash to display the stories and games. If you don’t have the Adobe Flash Player installed for your browser, go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ and download the Adobe Flash Player for free.

Once your school is registered, teachers and students can create individual accounts to use the resource using the ‘New User’ option. These ‘New User’ accounts will allow users to start at level 1. Once a user has completed level 1 they are rewarded with a personalised certificate on the lounge room wall which can be printed and displayed in their home, and the parent or carer get an information sheet about the level. Subsequent levels become unlocked as previous levels are completed, building on previous knowledge, skills and strategies.

Start by clicking on the photo frame to personalise your character, click save, and then click on the map to access levels.

Map view

Once a level is completed you can display the child awards by clicking on the wall handing or parent/carer sheets on the bookshelf. The individual accounts record progress through the resource so that students can return and continue from where they left off

We can also set up and provide teachers and support staff with an ‘Existing User’ account which has access to all 8 levels. This allows staff to try out in full the Being Safety Smart resource without having to complete each level in turn to progress. Please contact us on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

CD-ROM version

CD-ROM version of Being Safety Smart

The CD-ROM is available from The University of the Sunshine Coast. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to request your copy.

To run, insert the CD in to your PC and Being Safety Smart will auto play. You can also run Being Safety Smart by double clicking on the file: bss.exe

Users can create a new login, or login using an existing username. Progress through the Being Safety Smart game is automatically saved to the PC so that users can return and continue the game from where they left off.

We can also provide teachers and support staff with an ‘Existing User’ account which has access to all 8 levels on the CD-ROM. This allows staff to try out in full the Being Safety Smart resource without having to complete each level in turn to progress.

The CD-ROM version of Being Safety Smart is designed to run on a standard PC with loudspeakers and does not require internet connection. If there is a printer connected to the computer then there is the option to print student awards and parent or carer information sheets.

The CD-ROM version uses Flash to display the stories and games. If you don’t have the Adobe Flash Player installed on your PC use the Abode Flash Player Installer included on the CD-ROM to install the player.

 

 

What IT resources do I need?

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If you have a computing laboratory, each student can have an individual account and progress through the levels at their own pace. Students can share computers if there are insufficient for individual access. Being Safety Smart can be delivered as a group activity to all students in a classroom through interactive Smart boards or with a data projector. In these cases the class will have a single access and will work together to progress through the levels.

 

Program Delivery

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Being Safety Smart contains 8 levels and is designed to be delivered over 8 weeks. Each level includes i) repeated presentation of the key messages; ii) role-play to test skills and strategies in a safe and secure environment; iii) game-play to reiterate key messages; and iv) summaries which can be printed as awards. The resource can be delivered in a shorter, block teaching mode, or over a longer period of time. Feel free to discuss with us or your Head of Curriculum how best you can fit the program into your teaching.

   

Results of School Trials

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We have evaluated Being Safety Smart in schools with teachers, parents and children. Feedback on Being Safety Smart has been very positive, with children enjoying working through the program and wanting to play again and again. Our evaluations have shown that children on the program are much more aware of their personal safety and know how to act to keep themselves safe.

Children playing the game significantly improve their knowledge around anti abduction skills and strategies from < 60% to > 90% compared to non-participating children in the same school who only achieve < 60% correct answers to knowledge questions. In addition, children playing the game exhibit greater confidence.

Many thanks to the principal, teachers, parents and children of all the school who have participated in the trials.

 

Child Award Certificates

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Personalising the child awards and parent and carer information sheets for your school

The child award certificate is designed to be printed by the child to take home and displayed. The certificate is a reminder of the key safety message of the level and also can facilita te discussion within the home around child safety. The bottom left hand side of the child award certificate has been lef t blank so that your school can add their stamp and/or have the principal or teacher sign. Also if the school has an ‘Adopt-a-Cop’ they could sign the child certificate. It is our recommendation that the certificates are signed to confirm the schools support and demonstrate the importance of the messages for the child.

The parent and carer information sheets also allow for a school stamp, signature and school contact information.

Blank section (at bottom of certificate) of child certificate for school stamp and signature

 

   

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