Growing Up Game Plan

At School

Help a child behave respectfully and safely online


Saleema Noon’s Growing Up Game Plan is a 6-week online masterclass for preteens on being more confident, more prepared and less stressed as they navigate life. In this brand new Classroom Edition of Growing Up Game Plan, we help teachers tackle issues like gender and gender stereotypes, healthy relationships, coping with puberty changes, being assertive and staying safe (while having fun) online. With curricular content, lesson plans, icebreakers, activities, warm-up and follow-up discussion questions and resources, we make teaching about social and emotional development a no-brainer.

What to Expect

The resource, offered on an online platform, includes everything teachers need to facilitate the program:
✓ professionally filmed and animated videos
✓ a comprehensive teacher guide: curricular content, lesson plans, icebreakers, warm-up and follow-up discussion questions and resources
✓ downloadable/printable student worksheets and activities
✓ ongoing support from Saleema and her team of educators, if requested

The Curriculum

Module 1: SMASHING THE BOXES: Breaking free from gender stereotypes.

Julie takes the lead in this module to talk about how gender roles and gender stereotypes have an influence on our identity.

Module 2: MONSTERS AND SUPERHEROES: Using your inner power to honour, manage and express your emotions.

This is where students meet their Monster (inner voice), Blob (representing emotions) and Superhero (their heart centre, intuition, tiny voice inside us that deserves a megaphone). Students learn how to mute their Monster so their Superhero can lead the way.

Module 3: STANDING UP: Being assertive in even the toughest situations.

In this module, Saleema shares her own story of being bullied in grade 5 and what she learned from that experience. She does some role plays with one of our influencers to demonstrate assertiveness skills.

Module 4: HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS: Making sure yours are HERI.

Brandy plays the role of a fortune teller in this one, predicting that students will have HERI relationships in their future. We’ll keep you in suspense about what HERI stands for, but Brandy stresses the importance of open communication, consent and boundary setting in both friendships and romantic relationships.

Module 5: PUBERTY Understanding, rolling with it, celebrating your body.

In this module we meet Brandy BiggerBoobs and Saleema SmellyPits, anchors of Puberty News Tonight who deliver their special report on preteens and body image as well as answer puberty questions from viewers.

Module 6: INTERNET LIFE Having fun and making smart decisions online.

Here, Brandy and Julie discuss tips on internet safety. As part of this module, students will be provided with a Social Media Shield, a toolbox for them to draw on so that being on social media is a positive experience. It includes concrete tips on posting and interacting with others, managing negative effects of social media on self esteem, and maintaining a healthy balance between their online and offline lives.