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Teaching about online safety

Through a literature review of research into common elements of successful educational interventions, the report identifies 11 key principles of effective practice in education. These principles will help education professionals to deliver high-quality online safety education as part of their broader PSHE programmes.

The NSPCC has updated its website to include online safety advice and resources for schools and colleges. The webpage includes: links to resources to teach children and young people the skills to stay safe online; resources and advice to share with parents and carers; and guides and example documents on how to safeguard against and respond to an online safety incident which can be used to develop policies and procedures.

NEW Fake news and critical thinking – resources and information for schools

Primary resources

Google and Parent Zone have collaborated on a new Key Stage 2 teaching resource on internet safety. The Be Internet Legends resource has received the PSHE Association Quality Mark and is free for all KS2 teachers to order.

Containing lesson plans, support materials, worksheets, poster and stickers, these curriculum packs will encourage discussion and exploration of issues such as appropriate behaviour, critical thinking and risk-spotting. These resources aim to make young people safer and more confident explorers of the online world and help teachers get across important messages with age-appropriate activities, tips and discussion points.
Trust Me: The London Grid for Learning and ChildNet International have developed resources for primary and secondary schools addressing the development of critical thinking when looking at online materials. The lessons could be used within PSHE/Citizenship and support schools in teaching the skills necessary to recognise online extremism and propaganda.

Secondary resources

Crossing the Line Toolkit: This toolkit is comprised of four films and accompanying lesson plans which explore the idea of ‘Crossing the line’. The purpose of this toolkit is to help educators generate discussion among young people about their online experience. Using the short films as a spring board, the toolkit covers relevant topics such as cyberbullying, sexting, peer pressure and self-esteem.

Digital Awareness UK and the Girl’s Day School Trust have developed resources to help teachers develop their pupils’ understanding of online safety – both physical safety and emotional wellbeing . Live My Digital is a series of 6 films for parents and 6 films for students on the following topics: Cyberbullying; The digital footprint; Identity and self-esteem; Relationships and grooming; Security and privacy; and Sexting.

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