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.


Access to a collection of resources to help teach e-safety to older children and teenagers

Send home

Free downloadable materials for secondary schools to share with their parent community

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 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.


These guides from Childnet International for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 aim to 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.

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

TES Connect

TES Teaching Resources for secondary school aged children include free lesson plans, classroom resources and worksheets to address online safety. Here are some example lesson plans and teacher notes for Key Stages 3 and 4.

SW Grid for Learning

A collection of free materials to encourage secondary school children of all ages to behave safely and responsibly online. Information can be found arranged by Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and by year group.


CEOP’s Thinkuknow has a range of resources for 11-16 year-olds (Key Stages 3 and 4) to help teachers when discussing key online safety issues in secondary school lessons. Includes films, lesson plans, games and posters.


Produced specifically for children aged 11-14 (Key Stage 3), free material for use by teachers includes Schemes of Work, lesson ideas and revision resources about staying safe online.

Tools and lesson plans: Topic

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.

Childnet – sexting

A practical educational sexting resource that addresses and questions the sensitive issue of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically. The pack comprises of a 25-minute play script and lesson plans.

General resources and tools for teachers

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.

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.

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.

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.

Extreme Dialogue 

The Extreme Dialogue educational resources aim to build young people’s resilience to violent extremism through active discussion and enhanced critical thinking, via a series of short emotive films, classroom activities and group exercises that can be used with young people aged approximately 14-18. 

The Online Civil Courage Initiative | OCCI

The Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) is a European Initiative challenging hate speech and extremism online.

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.


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


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.


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, the course cost is £20.

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.

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.

Parenting in the Digital Age

Parent Zone provides face to face and online training to teachers on Digital Safeguarding and engaging parents in online safety. They also run in-school sessions on online safety for teachers, governors, parents and pupils.

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’.

“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


A useful checklist and tips from Internet Matters for parents of children who are transitioning to secondary school. Dealing with how to help them stay safe while enjoying the independence and exposure to new technology this brings.


As teenagers start to spend most of their time online away from home, this guide from Internet Matters will help parents give them the right information and advice about the risks they may face.


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 newsletter

Internet Matters banners

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

Internet Matters leaflet

Useful to give directly to parents or send them home with children, our leaflet is an easy way for parents to find out about us and get access to our advice.

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

Our logo

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


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.

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-teens (11-13) and Teens (14+).

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.

If you’re unable to view this video on YouTube, please click here.

More ways for parents to engage older children with e-safety issues

Here are some videos and quizzes 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-teens (11-13) and Teens (14+).

BBC Bitesize

Part of the BBC’s ‘Bitesize’ resources and suitable for children aged 11-14. An interactive video that helps children to recognise and avoid potentially dangerous situations so that they stay safe online.


An internet safety quiz for teams, parents can take it with their teenagers to see how much they know about online safety.

Parent Zone

Parent Zone offers a great selection of parent guides on the latest social and gaming apps alongside advice on parenting in the digital world that Teachers can share with parents.

Parent Info

Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone. It provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience. Schools can host the content on their own website and use it in any other ways (in letters to parents etc) that they want.