To close this first cyberbullying series, we are sharing a few ideas on how to organise a quiz night (or afternoon... or morning!) as a fun way to make sure adults and young people are on top of their cyberbullying knowledge and response plan.
As we have readers from many age groups, we have got you all covered:
If you are a teen or tween reading this article and feel you can put the quiz together to plan a good time with your friends, do it and find out who in your group is the cybersafety legend who's got the skills to help some mates in the future! However, you might be younger or just unsure how to put this together and, in that case, no problems at all: show this article to your parents so they can help... they will be impressed that you found this and asked that you all do it together! Surely, your parents will learn a few things along the way too!
Here is how to get ready:
1- A little prep to make it more fun
A little prep will go a long way in ensuring your quiz night (afternoon or morning!) is fun.
Set the prize
First things first, if you are going to organise a quiz, you need a prize! It is up to your imagination (parents) and negotiating skills (kids): double the amount of pocket money for the week (or two?), exemption from house chores for the week, a new book...
Get the crowd together
It makes sense to select the size of your crowd depending on how many questions you'll have and therefore how long the quiz last for. The more questions, the more formal you can make it, the bigger the crowd you can invite. Don't forget it is as fun to play with just a couple of friends or your family. In fact, this is what most of us will do! In any case, make sure you read the tips below.
Get the ground work done on the questions and for your team
Before your quiz can begin, the person drafting the questions (probably the MC) will need some background information. We provide you with some information below, under the section "Drafting the questions".
Ahead of the quiz, you'll need to have a good chat about cyberbullying with your participants so that they feel equipped to play and have fun when the game is on! So, something you can have is a "briefing night" the day before the quiz where you can announce the prize, then share and discuss the most important information regarding cyberbullying. It is a good way to get the cyberbullying conversation started.
Cast your MC
There are two pivots to a fun quiz... good questions and a good MC! When you choose and brief your MC (probably a parent or one of the oldest kids involved) keep in mind that it's going to be more entertaining if the MC:
has a good knowledge of the topic
Is a fun and confident speaker
Is happy to wear something that will make him/her stand out (a jacket, a tie or a special hat..)
Knows the rules and can explain them clearly
Is good at keeping score
Set up a good spot
For the game to be fun and fair, you'll need to set up a spot where everyone can see/hear the MC, be seen and heard by the MC and can sit comfortably.
2- Drafting the questions
The principal points you need to keep in mind to draft great questions:
Finding good background information to draft the questions
Types of questions to select
Make sure the level of difficulty is adapted to your participants' age group. Also, include questions leading to various types of answers: percentage; definitions; key words, procedures etc.
Designing the quiz cards
Not everything needs to be Instagram-worthy to be fun. Using index cards or simple pieces of paper won't take anything away from a fun game! If you feel creative, you can illustrate your cards or design them with your computer (using downloadable templates or apps, for example). We used canva.com to design our own quiz cards - have a look:
Have a great quiz night and keep the online safety conversation going!