Children learn through play. As an occupational therapist who works with children and youth, I use games and toys almost every day to help develop important cognitive, visual perceptual, motor, sensory, social, play and leisure skills. While many different types of activities can be used in therapy, this blog focuses on off-the-shelf games and toys that are accessible to most. Whether you are a therapist, parent, teacher, or a game lover like me, I hope you discover something useful while you are here. Learn a different way to play a game you already own or discover a new game for your next family game night. Either way, just go play. It's good for you!

The OT Magazine named The Playful Otter one of the Top 5 Pediatric OT Blogs.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cyber Dilemmas in a Jar

In the jar: 101 cyber dilemmas for teens or tweens
Work on online safety, social media concerns, privacy issues, cyber bullying, texting, ethics
101 challenging dilemmas,  relevant to today's world, to present to tweens and teens for discussion. This little jar of scenarios will save you the work of compiling them on your own. I found them all relevant to kids today, and many of them I would never have thought of myself. Topics covered include Facebook, emailing, texting, uploading photos online, and chat rooms. This is my favorite of the In A Jar activities that I have used because it is so relevant and important to discuss. A couple of examples of dilemmas in this jar:
  • You find out your friend has figured out your password and has been reading your email. What do you do?
  • Someone starts a fake Twitter account in your principal's name. It's really funny, and you don't think it really hurts the principal since she doesn't know about it. What do you do?
Other In A Jar products I have blogged about.

If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, go to www.freespirit.com.

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