Most would say that technology advancing at a breakneck pace is good for us as a society. With improvements comes efficiency. We’re able to do things much faster now than ever before. Our access to information at the touch of a button makes us extremely informed.
However, there are some downsides. Ever increasing access to information leads to more of it ending up in the wrong hands. High-tech crimes, including computer intrusions and cyber fraud are on the rise. Some would say that the hackers are winning. Another prevailing problem is online predators. How do we protect our children from these things? For more information see our Internet Safety Magic Show.
It’s important in the development of social skills that students learn how to assemble and behave while attending a program. Just as teaching and practice is given to fire drills. If you teach your students to follow directions, respect fellow classmates and be good listeners, they’ll be on their way to mastering skills necessary to be successful in life. Our 3 assembly objectives are:
- Live assembly programs are different from TV shows and movies. It’s important to recognize that since live programs are spontaneously presented, everyone must use good listening and observation skills.
- Use and reinforce good assembly manners such as sitting up straight, not talking or whispering and keeping hands to yourself.
- Help establish the skill of following directions to and from the program, as well as during the performance.
Using magic, comedy, and audience participation, the goals of this program are to:
- Illustrate some of the dangers of the internet, including disturbing or uncomfortable material and potential damage to your computer from certain downloads.
- Understand that things are not always as they seem and people don’t always tell the truth about themselves online.
- Learn some simple guidelines and precautions to keep the internet a safe, positive place.
- Provide an “agreement” (safety tip sheet) to parents that can be used to reinforce these ideas with their children.
For The Student - Before the Program
Prior to the program, go over with your students the good behavior needed. Some students will be invited to take part in the program, however, only those students who are seated quietly with their hands raised will have the opportunity.
After The Show - Things to Do & Talk About
- Class Discussion: You can have a discussion about what your students learned from the show, what they liked and what surprised them. For example, what message was each routine trying to get across?
- Draw Pictures: Especially for younger students or artistic older ones, have them draw pictures of what they liked or remembered about the program.
- Write About the Show: Specifically for older students, you can have them write a paragraph or story about the show.