e-safety for secondary schools
The ways in which children use technology and the internet to learn and socialise with their peers expands rapidly at this stage of their school life. Here are some useful resources for secondary schools and for you as educators to help parents continue to talk about the changing face of technology with their children.
When it comes to educating children about online safety throughout their secondary school years, teachers’ requirements are evolving as quickly as the technology children are using. These resources reflect the changing landscape of the internet.
Recommended teaching resources
A range of lesson plans, films and presentations relevant for secondary schools. These have been sorted into those that are organised by Key Stage, relevant for a particular topic or more general resources.
Tools and lesson plans: Key Stage
Tools and lesson plans: Topic
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.
“Cyberbullying is now more common than face-to-face bullying among 9-16 year-olds.”
Net Children Go Mobile: The UK Report – EU Kids Online (July 2014)
A new generation of children are growing up in a high tech world, and while many parents embrace this, their children’s understanding can quickly overtake their own. There are lots of easy ways that you can encourage parents to get up to speed and discover the information they need on e-safety. 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.
Give out a leaflet
Our leaflets will help raise awareness of e-safety with parents and can be sent home with children or given out at parents evenings.
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.
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
Downloadable banners, leaflets and info for your school 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
As a school, you can host information for parents and carers about childrens’ wellbeing and resilience on your website or send out in newsletters. Simple instructions follow on their ‘For Schools’ page.
“70% of parents look to schools for advice on keeping their children safe online.”
Cybersafe Opinion Leader Report (Sept 2013)
Education about child online safety doesn’t stop in the classroom. There are plenty of ways parents can be involved in the process too, even as children get older and more independent. We’ve created an e-safety debating guide for secondary schools which can help get the whole school community involved in the issues, plus there’s a selection of interactive resources for teachers to share with parents to use with children in their home environment.
Have a school debate
Our e-safety debating guide is a great way to encourage pupils, teachers and parents to discuss the issues, presenting the pros and cons of different aspects of online life.
Written specifically for secondary age children, there are ideas on relevant motions, where to find stimulus material and how to encourage all members of the school community to participate.
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 point them to the Internet Matters portal for information and advice.
Resources to suggest to parents
Consequences is a 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 ages 11 – 16, parents can watch this with a child at home, or it can be used in classes or assemblies.