e-Bug, led by Public Health England (PHE), is an international health education resource that teaches children and young people about hygiene, the spread of infections, and antibiotics. The e-Bug resources include teacher packs containing interactive lessons, activities and worksheets. The teacher packs are complemented by student websites with online games, quizzes and revision guides to facilitate students learning at home. All the e-Bug resources are free to download from the e-Bug website at www.e-Bug.eu, are currently available in 24 different languages and are being disseminated across the world in over 30 countries.

The e-Bug team is leading the SafeConsume work package on developing educational resources for food safety for 11-18 year olds. Research with young people and educators across Europe found lack of understanding around food safety and on the consequences of foodborne illnesses. It is important to educate young people on food hygiene and food safety as foodborne illnesses have a significant global burden and can be life-threatening, with the highest risk existing in vulnerable groups such as children. Educational resources have the potential to impact young people’s attitudes and behaviours. Watch this space for the new food hygiene and safety resources children!

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Play e-Bug games (https://e-bug.eu/menupage.html?type=games&level=junior)

To engage and excite children about food hygiene and food safety and aid in the learning of knowledge Kitchen Mayhem: spot the food hygiene and safety issues in this school food lesson Chicken Surprise: Try to make a sandwich without cross contamination and harmful microbes.

Visit the e-Bug YouTube site (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKhJ4-fTiRKMU1FtkEirEfw) To watch videos and animations on microbes, hygiene and infection prevention.

Visit e-Bug and FunKids animations

e-Bug, in collaboration with Fun Kids Children’s radio have developed a six-episode animated series, Kaleidoscopic Antibiotics, that teaches on infections and antibiotics.

Episode 6 focusses on looking after yourself including food hygiene/safety: https://e-bug.eu/funkids/index.html

Teach e-Bug food hygiene lessons and activities in schools (https://e-bug.eu/junior_pack.aspx?cc=eng&ss=2&t=Food%20Hygiene)or communities (https://e-bug.eu/beat-the-bugs/)

Follow us on twitter

@eBug_UK for regular updates on our @Safe_consume food hygiene and safety resource development. Tweet using the #eBugSafeconsume

Email us at e-Bug@phe.gov.uk for further information or to join our mailing list

By Charlotte Eley
e-Bug Project Manager, Public Health England