Secondary schools

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 primary school (KS3 and KS4) 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 secondary school 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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Bullying and Cyberbullying lesson
Bullying and cyberbullying lesson plan
The resource focus on online bullying and cyberbullying which includes a lesson plan, video and PowerPoint to be used in class.
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Body image in digital world
The resource focus on body image in the digital world which includes a lesson plan, video and PowerPoint to be used in class.
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Online stress and FOMO
Online stress lesson plan pack
The resource focus on online stress and FOMO ('fear of missing out') which includes a lesson plan, video and PowerPoint to be used in class.
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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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Social media parents guide
Advice for parents on conversations to have before children get social
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Parent pack: Social guides
List of social media guides to help parents get up to speed on the most popular platforms and help them set the right privacy settings.
List of social media guides to help ...
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Social media advice hub
We've created a hub of advice to help you encourage your teen to build up the tools to make social media work for them and navigate the risks and rewards that it can bring.
We've created a hub of advice to ...
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Social media top tips
Social networks are a great place for young people to stay in touch with friends and demonstrate their creativity. As a parent, there are simple things you can do to ensure your children’s experience is both safe and fun.
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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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BBC Own It App
Getting their first phone is a big moment in a child’s life. But with so many messages, notifications and social media accounts to juggle, phone life can quickly get overwhelming, stressful and out of control. That’s where the Own It app and keyboard come in.
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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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Social media parents guide
Advice for parents on conversations to have before children get social
Advice for parents on conversations to have ...
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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.
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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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Using External Visitors to Support Online Safety Education
This guidance has been created to enable Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs), PSHE Leads and other staff working within educational settings to make informed decisions regarding the effective use of external visitors to support online safety education.
This guidance has been created to enable ...
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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 ...
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Keeping Learners Safe
This document contains guidance for local authorities and governing bodies on arrangements for safeguarding children under section 175 of the Education Act 2002.
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Prevent & Channel Duty – A Toolkit for Schools
The Prevent and Channel Duty toolkit offers guidelines on how to implement Prevent strategy in schools and features as self-assessment for those who have a role to play in safeguarding children.
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More resources

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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