e-safety for primary schools

With internet safety now part of the primary curriculum, we know that teachers and other educators need reliable resources to use during lessons. We can also help you keep parents informed and ensure they continue the conversation at home.

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Classroom

Access to a collection of classroom resources to help teach e-safety to younger children.

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Send Home

Free downloadable materials for primary schools to share with the parent community.

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With parents

A range of tools for use at parent events and to recommend for parents to use at home.

When it comes to educating primary 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 e-safety. Keep checking for updates as we’ll be adding even more as they become available.

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With Childnet International, we’ve developed an app of ‘Digiduck’s Big Decision‘ – an entertaining tale to teach children about being a good online friend. It’s free to download and can be used in the classroom or recommended to parents.

Download from the Apple store or Google Play store for Android.

Recommended teaching resources

A range of lesson plans, films and presentations relevant for primary schools. These have been sorted into those that are organised by Key Stage, relevant for a particular topic, or offer tools for more interactive lessons.

Tools and lesson plans: Key Stage

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Childnet

These guides for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 highlight the key learning aims related to e-safety in the Computing curriculum and signpost to some key resources that can be used in the classroom to help deliver these aims.

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TES Connect

TES Teaching Resources allows teachers to share and download free lesson plans, classroom resources, revision guides and curriculum worksheets. Here’s an example of Key Stage 1 lesson plans.

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SW Grid for Learning

Available for Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and year groups, these free lesson plans are designed to help children think critically and behave safely and responsibly online. They address digital literacy and citizenship in an age-appropriate way.

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Thinkuknow

Sorted by Key Stage, CEOP’s Thinkuknow range of free educational resources for teachers includes films, lesson plans, presentations, games and posters. The materials are suitable for children aged 4-10.

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Internet Legends

This programme is designed as a new way to get primary school children inspired to take control of their digital lives.

Along with Parent Zone, Google visits schools around the UK to give assemblies and get children to learn the ‘Legends Code’, giving them the empower skills they need to stay safe and act responsibly online. See the Lessons plans available.


General resources and tools for teachers

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Know IT All

Know IT All for primary school teachers is an award winning resource designed especially for primary school staff to help them understand important e-safety issues and how to get the most out of the internet.

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UK Safer Internet Centre

Advice and guidance on curriculum planning as well as a range of useful resources for teachers including games, quizzes and drama activities.

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Digital Passport

A US resource designed for students aged 7-12, Digital Passport includes games and videos to engage learners on critical skills related to digital safety, respect and community. Students earn badges toward a Digital Passport and teachers have access to individual student reports and aggregated classroom data.

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Teaching Ideas

‘Welcome to the Web’ is an interactive set of web pages aimed at 7 to 11 year-olds. Split into seven sections, the most relevant that address online safety for children are Section 3: Staying Safe and Section 5: Searching Online.

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National Education Network

With links to e-safety guidance from a wide range of NEN Partners and Providers including films produced by young people themselves.

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360 Safe Scotland

360 Safe Scotland helps schools review their e-safety policy and practice to take account of legislation, structures and practice in Scotland. It’s suitable for local authority and independent schools. There’s a downloadable e-safety self review tool here.

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Professionals Online Safety Helpline

The Professionals Online Safety Helpline supports professionals working with children and young people. They can offer guidance on all aspects of digital and online issues such as those which occur on social networking sites, cyberbullying, sexting, online gaming and child protection online. Call 0844 381 4772 or email.

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Ariel Trust

Ariel trust is an educational charity dedicated to producing resources that are easy to use and designed in partnership with teachers. To help schools tackle cyberbullying and encourage students to stay safe online, it offers CyberSense – an interactive cyberbullying resource available free to schools in Merseyside and available to buy to schools in other regions.

Organisations offering e-safety training for schools

Several organisations offer free or paid for training for those who work with children and young people to help protect and educate them.

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Childnet

Education team members run internet safety sessions for schools across different groups – pupils, parents and carers, and staff members.

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Thinkuknow

CEOP offers two different training courses, the ‘Ambassador course’ and the ‘Thinkuknow Introduction’ for those who work directly with children and young people. They also offer an e-learning course in partnership with the NSPCC.

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NSPCC

This e-learning course will help you to think about the issues that young people face online and the challenge that you have as a professional to protect and educate them. Developed with CEOP, this course costs £20.

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E-Safety Support

An online subscription service that offers everything you need to deliver consistent e-safety practice across your school to keep your pupils safe online and meet Ofsted requirements.

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SW Grid for Learning

SWGfL offers a range of free and paid for e-safety training courses. The latest programme of Online Safety Briefings is now available for registration.

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Guidance for schools on reporting sexting incidents 

The aim of this guide is to help education settings (including Early years, schools and FE) and filtering providers comprehend what should be considered as ‘appropriate filtering’.

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Parenting in the Digital Age

The Parenting in the Digital Age programme trains professionals to become facilitators for parent-focussed sessions about taking offline parenting skills online. For anyone who works with parents or needs to engage them in this challenging and fast moving area.


“Only half of parents feel equipped to teach e-safety at home.”

OnePoll / Internet Matters survey of parents of 5-11 year-olds (Sept 2014)

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.

Offer age specific tips

Our printable age guides are easy for parents to digest. Send them home or run through these top tips with parents in 1-2-1 sessions.

Put e-safety on your website

We’ve provided some bright and impactful online banners for schools to get parents to the great advice at Internet Matters.

Give out a leaflet

Our leaflets will help raise awareness of e-safety with parents and can be slipped into book bags or given out at parents evenings.

Tell parents in your newsletter

If you have a school newsletter, whether printed or emailed to parents, we’ve provided some information and logos to make it easy to share our website.

Downloadable e-safety age guides and magazines to give to parents

a77d3b1dfcdfaf3dbd1575df9795b3d457421379Our Internet Matters e-safety checklist for the under 5s will help parents introduce the subject at an early age.

0cdc7555fac53aaa1dd6cd699b4c316b9b9c84dfTop tips from Internet Matters to help keep primary age children safe and advice for parents on how to start conversations on the risks children aged 5-11 may face online.

153fe466888872066e1d9e0bfc2bd88e870142f1Vodafone’s Digital Parenting Magazine offers advice, tips and articles for adults on how to keep up with children’s life online. Schools can order hard copies of the magazine to send home to parents.

Downloadable banners, leaflets and info for your school communications

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Internet Matters banners

A range of different sized banners to add to your school website or online newsletter to help parents find https://www.internetmatters.org.

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Internet Matters leaflet

Useful to give directly to parents or send them home in book bags, our leaflet is an easy way for parents to find out about our resources

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Your newsletter

A simple way to let parents know where they can find relevant internet safety advice is to highlight Internet Matters in your school newsletter. Here are a few sentences to help you spread the word.

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Our logo

Our distinctive green and white logo for use with some descriptive information about how Internet Matters can help parents. Ideal for newsletters.

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Parentinfo

As a school, you can host information for parents and carers about children’s wellbeing and resilience on your website or send out in newsletters. Simple instructions follow on their ‘For Schools’ page.

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Childnet leafltets for parents & carers

Information and advice for parents and carers on supporting young people online. This is available in a number of languages.


“57% of parents think that some fun things to do at home that involve e-safety would help them raise the topic with their child.”

OnePoll parents survey for Disney’s Club Penguin/Internet Matters (Aug 2014)

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 an e-safety presentation 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.

Bringing up a child in the 21st century

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Ideal to use with parents at e-safety talks, parents evenings and PTA sessions, our downloadable e-safety presentation has actionable tips for different ages and ideas to get parents thinking about the issues.

A script will help you navigate parents through the slides plus there are some ideas on how to make the session a success.

Please note that the file contains some video content and will take a few minutes to download.

Depending on the age of their child, you can point parents to our age guide pages for in depth checklists, information and advice. See Pre-school children (0-5)Young children (6-10) and Pre-teens (11-13).

Posters to display at parent events

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Download our e-safety poster pack, highlighting key issues such as cyberbullying and staying safe on social networks. Display them on noticeboards or any events where parents are present to recommend the Internet Matters portal for information and advice.

Resources to suggest to parents

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Jigsaw is a short film from CEOP that enables children to understand that they need to be just as protective of their personal information online, as they are in the real world. Aimed at children aged 8-10, parents can share it and talk about the issues at home.

More engaging ways for parents to get children talking about e-safety

Here are some fun quizzes, games and stories that teachers can share with parents as a way to help start conversations about internet safety at home. Parents can find more of these at our age guide pages for Pre-school children (0-5), Young children (6-9) and Pre-teens (10-13).

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Club Penguin

An e-safety quiz for young children which checks their current understanding about how to stay safe and helps to build on their knowledge.

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Thinkuknow

‘Lee and Kim’s Adventures’ is an story that parents can watch as a cartoon or read as a storybook at home with their children. Aimed at children aged 5-7, at the end of the story parents can help children print a badge, sing along to a song and colour in masks.

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CBBC

An excellent resource for parents of children aged 6-12, parents can help their children with a quiz, learn to sing an online safety song or watch videos.

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Childnet

Read “The Adventures of Smartie the Penguin” together and access a range of other fun things to do to help your children learn how to stay safe online.