Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHello and welcome to the e-Bug e-learning course. I'm Dr. Alicia Demirjian, an epidemiologist at Public Health England and lead for e-Bug. I'm also a doctor who specialises in infections in children and a member of BSAC. E-Bug helps children and young people from 4 to 18 years to learn about hygiene, infections, and antibiotics. Despite the fact that most infections in this age group are self-resolving, children receive a lot of antibiotics. And antibiotics, like all medicines, have side effects, so it is crucial to use them responsibly. E-Bug helps understand how this all works. E-bug was launched in 2009 and resources have been translated into 24 languages. All resources are free to use and download and have links to the UK national curriculum.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 secondsThere are also materials for students, like games and fact files. We keep brainstorming for ideas on fun and interactive ways it can be used for teaching. Let's go through the course now. This course will follow a similar structure to our Beat the Bugs community resource. Week one is an introduction to microbes. We will cover bacteria, viruses, and fungi. We'll then talk about the spread of infection through our hands and sneezes. In week two, we'll look at food hygiene and preparing food safely in the kitchen. We'll then move on to oral hygiene. You'll hear about sugar and food and drinks and tooth decay. Last but not least, in week three we'll cover antibiotics in more detail.

Skip to 1 minute and 40 secondsWe will talk about antibiotic resistance and how we can look after ourselves better. We would like you to use of course to refresh your knowledge on these topics. And whilst you are moving through the materials, we hope to motivate you to use the e-Bug activities in real life. We welcome your feedback throughout the course and hope you will enjoy the coming weeks.

Welcome to the Course

Welcome to the e-Bug Health Educator Training course, thank you for joining us!

This is a three-week course on e-Bug, a free educational resource operated by Public Health England (PHE) to help educators teach children and young people about hygiene, infection and antibiotics.

You can find out more about e-Bug here, or you can access this in the downloads section below.

The aim of this week is to increase your knowledge, skills and confidence to teach children and young people about microbes, and improve their ability to practice key hand and respiratory hygiene behaviours that should limit the spread of harmful microbes.

  • We will start by going through some facts about microbes, where they can be found, and how the spread of infection occurs through our hands, coughs and sneezes.
  • You will learn about ways in which you can teach these topics to children and young people using practical activities, in conjunction with the corresponding school and community packs for the relevant age groups.

The layout of the course for each week will focus on background information for specific topics and then activities and tools that educators can use to communicate key messages to children and young people.

Please find a glossary of terms under the downloads section at the bottom of the page, which you can use throughout the course.


Learning outcomes for Week 1:

By the end of this week you will be able to:

  • Explain to children and young people that microbes live everywhere and come in different shapes and sizes: using lesson plans, games and activities.
  • Describe to children and young people how some microbes can be useful and some microbes can be harmful through activities and demonstrations.
  • Demonstrate to children and young people how microbes are transmitted from person to person through our hands using practical hand hygiene activities.
  • Demonstrate that covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing can prevent the spread of infection through the practical demonstration of a “giant sneeze”.
  • Explain to children and young people the six steps of handwashing and how they can perform these steps appropriately to prevent the spread of infection to family, friends and the community.

You can use the progress page to see how you are doing in the course.


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Enjoy

We hope you enjoy the course and look forward to meeting you and seeing your comments in discussions.

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