This resource has been developed to cater for the needs of young people who find the road environment a challenge in terms of their abilities to perceive and understand dangerous situations that might present a risk to them.
Some young people have a preferred learning style which involves visual excitement and stimulus whilst others are not comfortable with this and need a less busy and more calm approach. With this in mind we developed this resource with a toolbox hat can help all users to access their preferred method of using the resource. If features such as graphics and sound ‘don’t help’, they can be switched off to enable the user to find the best learning style. This functionality can support users with additional support needs, who suffer from autism, adhd, aspergers, attention deficit disorder (add) or dyslexia. Young adults suffering from disabilities such as deafness can also take advantage of this online learning resource.
Levels 1 and 2 are available to all users but levels 3 and 4 have to be switched on before they are available. Young people can do this themselves but it is important to stress that levels 3 and 4 should not be attempted until after the first two levels have been completed.
a2bsafely is designed to be used with a variety of road safety resources. Streetsense, a Road Safety Education resource in all Primary and Secondary schools can be adapted to meet any need for extension work in the classroom. Simple travel planning activities can be undertaken in the classroom, using local bus timetables. Journey times can be calculated and group discussion can be used to work out how long should be allowed for walking to the shops, making purchases and so on.
Young people can draw their own simple plans of the route that they would take from their house or school to catch a bus. Some learners can be encouraged to phone their local bus companies to ask about fares.
You can use the reports called Tracker pages (see Downloads) to understand how you can provide support and supervise young people in the road environment. In the Downloads section you can also find a variety of resources for young people to use on their own or with others. In addition, an essential Step by Step Pocket Guide can help with the teaching of core road safety concepts.
Young people’s understanding of and ability to talk about the key words in the scenarios can be used to assess their knowledge of road safety.
Throughout the activities, the central theme is that "this game is not real life and you must practise crossing the road with an adult before trying it alone."