By the time children get to about 10 or 11 years old, they are champing at the bit to become more independent. Their main sphere of influence has moved from parents to peers. So, they want to spend time with their friends (without mum or dad being around), buy their own clothes (without mum or dad around) and travel on their own (without… you get the idea).
It’s an exciting and empowering time, with children relishing taking decisions for themselves. But, it can be quite nerve-wracking, too…
Junior Citizen classes help these children in their last year of primary school (Year 6 in England) get to grips with some of the challenges they will face, particularly as they start their secondary school career. Workshops examine a range of issues, from being safe near roads and travelling on public transport to bullying and keeping safe in the digital world.
B3 Creative has helped Richmond, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and other councils engage children in the Junior Citizen workshops, with posters, activity booklets, handouts and magazines. Most recently, we’ve just helped Enfield’s Road Safety Team by creating a series of banners that put the pupils in the position of detectives. It’s a fun and engaging exercise where pupils are shown evidence from a road collision and, working together, they have to ascertain the cause.
When we visited the workshop, the pupils we saw were actively engaged, enjoying the day and… LOUD!
It was great to see the concept and banners in action – and working so well. Our clients at Enfield’s Road Safety Team are delighted with the results, saying, “They work really well. Brilliant!”