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eyeplaysafe: Fun eye-safety activities for young learners aged 5-9 years.

Kids can have fun with online activities to learn about eye safety at home and when playing.

eyeplaysafe teaches kids about how precious their eyes are and the possible consequences of eye injury.

About eyeplaysafe

The content for this website has been developed by the Statewide Ophthalmology Service (SOS), a network of the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), a statutory health corporation of NSW HEALTH. Project funding was provided by ACI and office accommodation and infrastructure support was provided by a major project stakeholder, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.

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Acknowledgements

Project content is based on information from three main areas:

  • Paediatric Ocular Injury – A literature review (2006) http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/resources/gmct/ophthalmology/
    paediatric_ocular_injury_pdf.asp

  • A retrospective study of childhood eye injury, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW), 2008, Kadappu S, Silveira S, Martin F. Childhood Eye Injuries Etiology and Outcome (Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology)

  • Professional knowledge. A project steering committee was formed to oversee the content, design and implementation of the eyeplaysafe website.

    Members of the committee are employed by or associated with the following institutions and organisations:

    • Statewide Ophthalmology Service (SOS), a network of the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), a statutory health corporation of NSW HEALTH

    • The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children

    • The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

    • Prince of Wales Hospital – Sydney Children’s Hospital

    • John Hunter Hospital

    • NSW Department of Education and Training

    • Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth

    • Kidsafe WA.

    Members of the committee are also members of professional bodies such as:

    • Orthoptics Australia

    • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

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eyeplaysafe production

eyeplaysafe was produced by the Centre for Learning Innovation, New South Wales Department of Education and Training.

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Key stakeholders

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Sydney Children’s Hospital

John Hunter Children’s Hospital

Kidsafe NSW

Orthoptics Australia

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

StEPS: Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening

The Eye Foundation

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Aim of eyeplaysafe

The concept for eyeplaysafe arose from Australian research which showed an alarming increase over a ten-year period in the number of serious eye injuries to children. The research findings identified boys between five and nine years of age as being at greatest risk of incurring an eye injury and that most injuries occurred in and around the home and while children were playing or participating in sporting activities. eyeplaysafe aims to improve children’s knowledge of potential risks to the eye safety and of the possible consequences of eye injury.

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eyeplaysafe contents

eyeplaysafe includes:

  • five interactive activities for young children (accessed through the jumping ‘eyeguys’):

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a drag-and-drop game where students rectify potentially unsafe situations in a kitchen, backyard and classroom

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a drag-and-drop game where children select protective eye wear for particular situations

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jigsaw puzzles that suggest how eye health can be maintained

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an online board game to assist students to make wise decisions to ensure eye safety

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a digital storymaker for the creation of stories about wonderful things that can be seen.

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