Early Years

Online safety resources

Find a selection of resources you can use in the classroom with children or use our parent pack to encourage parents to continue online safety conversations at home.

In addition to our parent pack featuring bespoke resources for parents, you’ll find a range of Early Years resources to help children develop the right digital skills to stay safe online in the classroom and at home with parents.

 

In the classroom

When it comes to educating early year children about online safety, as teachers it can be a challenge to keep adapting your teaching materials to evolve with the child’s age and new technologies.

We’ve compiled a diverse selection of lesson plans and other teaching resources to help you get the most from your time allocated to online safety. Keep checking for updates as we’ll be adding even more as they become available.

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Being Smart with your Smartphone
Childnet International and the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA) have designed a lesson designed for teachers to use with 8-11 year olds to help them understand that it is possible to spend real money through their phones
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EduCare Keep children safe online recommendation
Created by Educare as part of TES the 13 personal and practical recommendations on how to keep children safe online.
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Unique Voice -online safety poetry video
We are the ones that are in control video created by Unique Voice, an organization working to empower children emotionally through the use of Drama, helps young people understand how to stay safe online.
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Lesson resources
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Safety Snakes
Barefoot Safety Snakes offers a way for young pupils to learn about good and unwise online behaviours. As they make their way around the game board, they will land on squares providing details of different types of online scenarios.
Barefoot Safety Snakes offers a way for ...

Conversation at home

Many parents feel in the dark when it comes to their children’s internet safety and trust schools to help them get up to speed.

There are lots of easy ways that you can encourage parents to discover the information they need. We’ve provided some downloadable materials to help you. There are also resources available to help them find more engaging ways to get  children talking about e-safety.

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Tackling online hate and trolling
As children spend more time interacting with each online, it's important to help them recognise behaviours that can spread harmful content. The growth of hate speech and trolling online can often have real-world consequences so equipping them with the tools to address these issues is essential.
As children spend more time interacting with ...
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Fake news
Get support to help children develop their digital literacy and critical thinking to spot the difference between fact and fiction online.
Get support to help children develop their ...
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Conversation starters – Practical guide for vulnerable children
Use our list of practical tips on cyberbullying to help vulnerable children to have a safer online experience and build up their resilience to get the best out of the digital world as they grow.
Use our list of practical tips on ...
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Amazing games guide for families
Playing games with your child and understanding how to make use of safety controls on apps and games consoles will help them develop good gaming habits but, there’s nothing as powerful as introducing them to a wide range of activities online.
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Engaging with parents

Education about child online safety shouldn’t stop in the classroom. With the right support, there are plenty of ways parents can be involved in the process too.

We’ve created online safety presentations you can download and run through with parents to get them thinking about the issues. You’ll also find a selection of interactive resources to share with parents for use with children in their home environment.

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Guides
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OnlineHateTrolling-1200x630
Tackling online hate and trolling
As children spend more time interacting with each online, it's important to help them recognise behaviours that can spread harmful content. The growth of hate speech and trolling online can often have real-world consequences so equipping them with the tools to address these issues is essential.
As children spend more time interacting with ...
Guides
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Online Safety Guide
Children’s use of the internet is becoming more mobile and interactive offering young people more opportunities to interact and meet new people, so it’s never been more important to make sure you are helping your child stay safe in the digital world.
Children’s use of the internet is becoming ...
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Internet manners
We’ve created a list of what we think are the top “Internet Manners” (or netiquette) to help you and your children get to grips with behaviours that can help maintain a safer internet.
We’ve created a list of what we ...
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Parent pack: Posters
Use our range of posters to raise awareness of online safety at parents evenings, one-to-one sessions or as a simple take-away.
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Keeping up with online safety training and policy

Keep up with the latest developments in online safety policies and procedures by taking a look through our list of resources. You’ll find resources around policy and guidance and the latest training programmes on a range of issues.

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Policy & guidance
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Education for a Connected World
The UKCCIS framework offers guidance about the digital knowledge and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages of their lives.
The UKCCIS framework offers guidance about the ...
Policy & guidance
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Inspecting e-safety in schools
This briefing aims to support inspectors in reviewing schools’ safeguarding arrangements when carrying out section 5 inspections.
This briefing aims to support inspectors in ...
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Online Safety Policy Templates
The templates from SWGfL provide guidance, an indication of what should be included and a flexible approach allowing each school or organisation to challenge, consider and debate.
The templates from SWGfL provide guidance, an ...
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360safe
Free online safety self-review tool for schools. It helps schools review their online safety policy and practices.
Free online safety self-review tool for schools. ...

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Use our school online safety age guides to give children the right advice to deal with some of the online challenges they may face.

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See online safety basics to help your child make smarter and safer choices online and get the best out of the fast-moving pace of technology.

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See the UKCIS Education for a Connected World framework which highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it.

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