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How to use eyeplaysafe

The aim of eyeplaysafe is to increase children’s awareness of eye safety through activities focusing on:

  • the benefits of good eyesight

  • eye health

  • the identification of eye safety hazards and resolutions for these

  • eye protection

  • ‘eye safe’ actions and behaviours

  • correct action in an emergency

  • making informed decisions.

Activities in eyeplaysafe can be completed by children both individually and in small groups. Adult assistance, conversation and discussion could lead to a greater understanding of eye safety and ensure relevance to the child’s specific environment.

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Eyeguy games

There are five eyeguy games.

In this game, players:

  • identify and click on the objects that are in unsafe positions (the black and white objects)

  • drag each to a safer position.

In this game, players:

  • consider the image on the left of a person in a particular situation

  • select and click on the most suitable safety item in the box on the right that will help protect eyes of the person in that particular situation

  • drag the safety item onto the person on the left.

After clicking the purple eyeguy, you see the StoryMaker screen.

There are three links:

  • How to use the StoryMaker, which shows how to unzip the StoryMaker and choose images and write text for a story

  • PC version to download

  • Mac version to download.

After viewing the How to use the StoryMaker tutorial you will need to download the StoryMaker files to your computer.

Before you make a story, click on How to make a story. Watch and listen to a demonstration of how to unzip the StoryMaker PC file ready for use.

For Mac users, when you download the StoryMaker Mac file using your Internet browser, the file will usually be unzipped automatically. The uncompressed files will be found in the same location as the downloaded Zip file.

If not, you will need to locate the file in your downloads. The Zip file may have the suffix .zip on the end of the file name. Double clicking the file should start the unzipping process. The uncompressed files will appear in the same location as the downloaded Zip file.

The unzipped StoryMaker folder contains the My images folder, where you will place any graphics you wish to use.

Drag or copy photographs or scanned drawings for children to use in their stories into the My Images folder. Images will automatically resize to fit the image box. However, it is advisable to reduce the file size of large images to 72 dpi.

The welcome screen, then the title page, will appear. The images of great things that we can see that are supplied with the resource, will appear on the left. Any graphics you place in the My images folder will appear in the image box on the right.

Drag the image you want for the title page into the middle box. Type the story title above and the author name/s in the text box under ‘by’.

Click new page to begin your story on page 1.

Drag a picture into the middle box. Type your text in the text box. Use the + and – buttons, or the ‘slider’, to change the font size between 24 and 30 point.

Continue selecting new pages, adding images and text until your story is complete. Click finish at bottom right of the screen. Click Yes and the next screen gives the options to Exit or Play the story.

Click Print if you wish to print a story for reading away from the computer or whiteboard. Experiment with settings for your printer to make booklets.

Click the cross at top right of screen to exit the StoryMaker.

To play a story, click Play (on the play or exit screen) and the title page opens. Click the forward arrow to read your story.

Click Replay to read the story again.

Click Change to return to the StoryMaker to edit. You can add pages, replace images and change text on existing pages.

Click Print if you wish to print a story for reading away from the computer or whiteboard. Experiment with settings for your printer to make booklets.

Click the cross at top right of screen to exit the StoryMaker.

There are two versions of each of the four jigsaw puzzle images, one requiring more advanced skills.

The first group of jigsaw puzzles requires pieces to be moved into place by clicking and dragging. In the second group, puzzle pieces can be:

  • rotated by clicking inside the white circle on each piece

  • moved by clicking on the area outside the white circle on each piece and then dragging each piece into place.

It is suggested that each piece is moved so that all pieces can be viewed clearly and that the user positions the corner pieces first.

This is a game for two players. The winner is the first one to get home.

Click on the ’Listen’ icon to hear the game instructions.

Listen to the audio.

Players click on the die when it is their turn.

In the box at the bottom, they click on the button next to the moving arrow.

Players then listen to what is said and choose whether the action is ‘Safe’ or ‘Unsafe’ for eyes.

Players click on ‘Safe’ or ‘Unsafe’ and then click ‘Check’.

If they are right, their eyeguy will move forward by the number on the die.

If they are wrong, it’s the other person’s turn.

Click the ‘Close’ button.

It is now the other player’s turn.

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The IWB (interactive whiteboard) link at the bottom of the splash page, links to a Smart Notebook.

This resource can be accessed by using Smart Notebook software on an interactive whiteboard or on a computer. The Smart Notebook Interactive Viewer software can be downloaded from Smart website.

The interactive whiteboard resource is an audiovisual story with activities that reinforce the information from the ‘eyeguy’ activities and, through interaction, encourage children to make informed decisions. It is recommended that an adult works through the story and activities with the child or group of children. This gives the opportunity to discuss the children’s responses.

Image of the certificate To print the eyeplaysafe certificate that marks completion of the IWB activities click the certificate to the left. (.pdf 78KB)


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Additional activities

It is suggested that after the online activities, children, family and/or carers reinforce the main eye safety issues, such as those listed below, through further activities and discussion.

Children could:

  • discuss eye safety issues relating to the home or classroom, including actions and behaviours, and make a list of class or home rules

  • identify eye safety hazards in their classroom, school or home—both indoor and outside—and find solutions to make these safe

  • locate the eye safety protective items in their home or school, such as glasses and goggles, and describe when and why they would use them. They could make a list of these objects, the associated activities and where to find each. The list could then be kept in a prominent place and used as a checklist

  • make eye safety posters for other classrooms, areas within the school and/or home

  • role-play various situations, such as:

    • acting out some potentially dangerous situations and how these could be overcome

    • using and playing with objects and games correctly

    • emergency procedures

  • make a jingle and/or a slogan for eye safety. Refer to:

    • Cancer Council’s ‘Slip slop, slap, seek, slide’ (Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat seeking shade, slide on wraparound sunglasses to prevent sun damage)

    • NSW Fire Brigades’ ‘Get down low and go, go, go’.

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More information is available on the Sites2See: eyeplaysafe, which is a single-page resource linking to numerous websites for children and adults. Add link

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Flash content can be enlarged by right clicking (or [Control] + click on a Mac) on the text or image and choosing Zoom In.

Improving your access to this site

You can take several options to improve your access to this site.

Upgrade your browser

If you are using an older browser you should upgrade. Newer browsers include more accessibility and usability features. These upgrades are free. Information on upgrading is available from

This site provides useful upgrade information on Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator and other browsers. The information includes items such as version, release date, file size, system requirements and download time.

Customise your browser

You can control how a web browser displays information. This includes changing the body text font type and size, foreground and background colours, and using keyboard shortcuts.

For more information on how to customise your Internet Explorer browser look up 'Internet options' in the Help index in Internet Explorer's Help menu. If you are using Firefox look up 'Options' in the Tools menu. If you are using Safari look 'Preferences' in the Safari menu.

Use adaptive technologies

A range of adaptive technologies can also be utilised to enhance your access to information on this site. These include equipment which is purpose-built or modified to help people with disabilities to access the web. For more information go to:

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Technical requirements

Computer requirements

Macintosh Windows
OS X ver 10.3 + Windows 2000/XP
Preferred minimum monitor resolution: 1024 x 768 Preferred minimum monitor resolution: 1024 x 768
Colour depth: thousands of colours (16 bit) Colour depth: True Color (16 bit)

Supported browsers

Macintosh Windows
Safari 3.2 or higher Internet Explorer 7 or higher
Firefox 3 or higher Firefox 3 or higher


Browser plugins

To use all the features of this learning resource you will need the browser plugin Adobe Flash Player version 9 ( or higher to play the activities.

Installing plugins

Download the latest plugins from the following websites. Check with your administrator if the plugins don't download or install correctly.

Flash Player

Adobe Reader

Internet access

If Internet access is unavailable, the teacher or supervisor may substitute alternative resources and activities as appropriate.

Video components will be slow to download on a modem Internet connection

No Warranties: This multimedia program is provided to the user without warranties, express or implied, of any kind. New South Wales Department of Education and Training shall not be liable for any actual or consequential damages arising from the use of, or the inability to use the program.

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Help on technical issues

Keyboard access

Why can't I use the keyboard to tab to all form controls (checkbox, radio buttons, submit buttons etc) on Mac OSX?

By default, Mac OSX (before 10.3) has 'Turn on full Keyboard access' switched off in System Preferences.Turn this on and ensure 'For Windows and dialogs, highlight' is set to 'any control'. Access this via Apple - System Preferences - Hardware - Keyboard and Mouse - Keyboard Shortcuts.

If you are using Firefox: (in versions before Firefox 1.5) and find this still does not work, type 'about:config' into the browser address bar and change the 'accessibility:tabfocus' value from its default OSX setting of 1 - 'Text field form controls only' to 7 - 'All form controls and hyperlinks'

If you are using Safari: check the version. Safari 1.x does not fully support keyboard access. Safari 1.2 and above does.

Why can't I navigate by keyboard in Mac/Internet Explorer?

If you are using Mac/Internet Explorer and find the navigation does not expand or collapse with keyboard navigation you must either use a mouse to navigate or change browser. Also, use mouse clicks to close buttons, etc where you cannot tab out.

Why can't I navigate by keyboard into Flash content with Firefox or Safari?

This is a generic Flash bug that has not been fixed for Firefox (PC or Mac) or Safari. To overcome this issue you can either use the text version or use Internet Explorer.

Please note that keyboard navigation of entire content (including navigation and Flash content) is most successfully accomplished using Internet Explorer on PC.

Why can't I navigate to the first link in a frame in Safari

Safari implements their focus/tabbing in a different (and arguably incorrect) way. The only way around this is to use [Shift] + [Tab] to go back one link from the second.

Computer crashes

Why does my Mac OS 8.6 or 9.2 computer sometimes freeze or crash when using this site?

Your computer may have insufficent RAM to run many applications at one time. Try shutting down other applications and only opening one at a time (for instance do not have Acrobat Reader and Flash open at the same time).


Why do I have problems opening Word(.doc) documents or PDF files?

Browser and computer settings may be set to download and not open these files.

If you are having problems opening the Word (.doc) or PDF files, right-click the mouse (press CTRL and click on a Macintosh) and select 'save target as...' or 'save link as...' then choose a location to save the file.

If you do not have these options and still have problems, you may need to update your browser settings.

Changing your browser settings

The following instructions explain how to change the settings for Internet Explorer 5.2 on Mac OSX so that the browser will open a document (.doc) file in Microsoft Word.

Select 'Preferences' from the IE's Explorer menu

Select 'File Helpers' from the column on the left

Click on the word 'Extension' at the top to sort the settings by extension

Locate the '.doc' setting and double click it to open it

From the 'How to handle' pop-up menu, select 'Post-Process with Application'

Make sure that Microsoft Word is the selected application (if not, use the browse button located to the right to find and select it)

Click 'OK' to close the 'Edit File Helper' window

Click 'OK' to close 'Internet Explorer's Preferences' window


Why do I get a Macromedia Flash Player security warning?

In Macromedia Flash Player 8 and later, Flash Player security for local content restricts network communication for certain kinds of content that is stored on your local computer, unless you give permission. This security measure protects you from potentially harmful content that could be used to send sensitive information stored on your computer or local network to locations on the Internet. To find out more about this please go to:

Why won't a link to a document open when I click on it?

If you are using Windows XP with Service Pack 2 then you will need to [control] + click to open the document.


On Mac OS/X, why does the video player just show the loading animation and not load the video that is to be played?

This is a known issue that is related to the Mac OS/X platform. On Mac OS/X on Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers the first time the video player is used the video player will only show the loading animation. Click on the browser refresh button and the video will load. All subsequent videos played through the video player will now load correctly for this user session.

On Mac why does the .wmv video file not play?

This is a known issue that is related to wmv (Windows Media File) files on the Mac platform. You may get the message 'The Specified stream type is not recognised'. On some browsers it may still play despite this warning. In any case, wherever there is a .wmv file there will also be a .mov (Quicktime) file which will work natively on a Mac.


Why do I only get one page when printing in Firefox?

Firefox does not provide the ability to only print the content frame, it will instead try to print the whole frameset (meaning the banner and navigation too). Right-click on the page you wish to print and choose 'This Frame' - 'Open Frame in New Tab' then print from that. Your whole page will now print correctly.

Why is there content missing from my printout?

Sometimes Flash content is not printed. If this happens you can right-click (or [Control][+] click in Mac) on the Flash content and choose Print from the submenu.


Why does clicking links to PDF files in Internet Explorer cause Acrobat or Adobe Reader to start and then quit (7.0 on Windows)?

There is a bug in Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0. Update to the Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.05 update or later at .

Downloading files

How do I download rather than open a file?

PC: Right click on the link and 'Save Target As' (Internet Explorer) or 'Save Link As' (Firefox), and from the dialogue box specify the location where the file is to be downloaded to.

Mac: [Option][+] click on the link saves to the desktop.

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