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.
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.
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.
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
General resources and tools for teachers
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.
“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.
Downloadable e-safety age guides and magazines to give to parents
Vodafone’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
A range of different sized banners to add to your school website or online newsletter to help parents find https://www.internetmatters.org.
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.
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.
“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
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.
Posters to display at parent events
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.