Resources (All Online Safety)

#Listentoyourselfie (Childline)

Online Safety – CSE etc, Wellbeing and Relationships | KS4

The #Listentoyourselfie campaign from Childline looks at healthy and unhealthy relationships. There are stories that are presented in written and video form and a checklist of what’s healthy and what’s not.

  • The Party: Lara meets an older boy Dan and they start a relationship. Dan comes to Lara’s house while she is having a party with her friends and he starts to pressure her into having sex.
  • The Game: Paul has an online friend JJ who he talks to about being gay or possibly bisexual. JJ sends Paul a naked picture and asks for one in return.

Both videos are available with closed captions and can be viewed here.

#LiveSkills (ThinkUKnow)

Online Safety | KS2, KS3, KS4

#LiveSkills is a package of resources focusing on live streaming. It explores the nuanced features of live streaming, and the specific risks children and young people can face. Live streaming is increasingly becoming one of the most popular online activities for children and young people and most apps now have live streaming functions.

The package for year olds explores self-esteem and positive and negative attention.

The session for 11+ includes an exploration of dealing with online pressure including identifying the various tactics that offenders use online to pressure young people and recognising some of the internal pressures young people can feel – including the impact of attention and gaining followers.

Band Runner (ThinkUKnow)

Online Safety | KS2

Band Runner is a fun new runner-style game for 8-10 year olds on the Thinkuknow website. The game features some familiar faces: Sam, Alfie and Ellie from the Play Like Share animations are continuing their adventures and helping children to build their knowledge, confidence and skills to stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they might encounter online.

Be internet legends (ParentZone and Google)

Online Safety | KS2

ParentZone have worked with Google to provide a free scheme of work for KS2. Teachers can order one pack each but more than one pack per school can be ordered. The lesson plans are accredited by the PSHE Association and these are accompanied by stickers and a poster. The scheme consists of five pillars to be Sharp, Alert, Secure, Kind and Brave. The children are also encouraged to share information with parents and carers.  Schools can also request an assembly from the Google Internet Legends team by ticking a box on the order form.

Crossing the Line (Childnet)

Online Safety, PSHE | KS3

This toolkit is comprised of four films and accompanying lesson plans which explore the idea of ‘Crossing the line’. Young people like to push boundaries, and at times they might take a joke too far or engage in risky behaviour online. From behind a screen, they can’t always predict the consequences of their actions. Through discussion and activities, this toolkit challenges young people to not only reflect on their own behaviour online and discover what ‘crosses the line’ for them, but so they also know who and how to report when/if aspects of their online lives go wrong. 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.

Digiduck’s Big Decision (Childnet)

Online Safety | KS1

The Digiduck® collection has been created to help parents and teachers educate children aged 3 – 7 about how to be a good friend online. The collection now includes a book, PDF and interactive app. Help arrives just in time for Digiduck® when faced with a difficult decision! Follow Digiduck® and his pals in this story of friendship and responsibility online.

Digital resilience

Online Safety | KS3

Digital resilience is a key skill that we want young people to develop. Whilst going online can be incredibly fun and enjoyable there can also be times when a young person can feel upset, not good enough or left out. These are the occasions when young people will need strategies to help themselves and also to help their friends if they are having a difficult time online. This lesson aims to look at the positive and negative experiences young people have online, consider the impact they may have and devise ways to build digital resilience.

Digital Resilience and Online Safety

Online Safety | KS3

This resource has been produced by Avon and Somerset but draws heavily on resources produced by Childnet. The Childnet resources have been condensed to produce a package which takes into account the PSHE agenda but also allows time to provide a police perspective.

Digital Wellbeing module

Online Safety | KS2

Google’s Digital Wellbeing module is a FREE pack of NEW resources for UK primary schools Created by Google and Parent Zone, the resources are designed to help Key Stage 2 pupils (7 to 11-year-olds) learn about how their use of technology can make them feel – and reflect on what a healthy balance looks like. We know that Digital Wellbeing goes beyond the school gates, so we’ve developed lesson plans, a teacher guide and materials to help you engage children, parents and carers. This pack can be used on its own, but it works best alongside the whole Be Internet Legends curriculum. You can order the curriculum pack by ticking the box below.


Online Safety, Wellbeing and Relationships | KS2, KS4

The PSHE Association is working in partnership with GambleAware to support children and young people to understand, and avoid, risks associated with gambling. The below free-to-download materials aim to increase the number of schools addressing this important issue, and give teachers the confidence to cover it to a high standard through their PSHE education curricula.

Gaming Addiction (MindEd)

Online Safety, Wellbeing and Relationships | KS3, KS4

MindEd is an organisation that provides education about children and young people’s mental health for professionals and parents. It has a section on parenting in the digital world covering the risks etc but also includes an animated video where Mark discusses his gaming addiction. Available on the MindEd website here.

Gaming or gambling – Schools and organisations

Online Safety, Wellbeing and Relationships | Professional

Parent Zone and GambleAware have partnered up to help professionals and families learn about the gambling-like risks children may face when playing online games – and simple, practical ways to keep gaming fun and make it safer.

I saw your willy (NSPCC Share Aware)

Online Safety, Online Safety – CSE etc | KS2

Increasing numbers of primary school age children are known to be sharing personal images of themselves. This video would be suitable to children in KS2 who you might be concerned are at risk. Alex’s friend shares a picture of Alex with his friend Katie for a joke, but Katie shares it with lots of people online leading to Alex getting bullied and being upset. There is a cartoon video and lesson plans with activities, extension work, homework and a slideshow presentation which is available here

Jessie and Friends (Age 4-7)

Online Safety | KS1

Jessie & Friends is a three-episode animated series which aims to equip 4-7 year olds with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to help them stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they may encounter online. Jessie & Friends follows the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo as they begin to navigate the online world. They learn that while the internet can be an exciting place where they can learn and have fun, sometimes they may encounter things online which make them feel worried, scared or sad.

Josh and Sue (ThinkUKnow)

Online Safety | SEN

Josh and Sue is an animated film which covers issues around online bullying, sharing information and who are real friends. This animation has been designed to be used with young people learning difficulties. There are two different commentaries, one for those with mild to moderate needs and another for moderate to severe needs. There is no complex story and there are clear tick and cross symbols for when an action by one of the characters is safe or not safe. There are supporting activities and lesson plans to go with the video. All this is available here.

Just send it (Childnet)

Online Safety – CSE etc, Wellbeing and Relationships | KS3, KS4

Part of the Crossing the Line PHSE toolkit. Abi and her friends love to live their lives online; sharing top tips, fashion ideas and fun stories. The film includes closed caption subtitles and is available here. When her online comments catch the attention of Josh, a boy well known in the school, she is excited. As friendship grows and their like for each other develops, it’s not long before Josh’s friend encourages him to pressurise Abi to send a nude selfie. She’s not keen to do this and seeks the advice of her friends. Mixed opinions and increasing pressure from Josh soon encourage her to change her mind to take the photo. Although Josh intends to delete the photo, his friend Brandon intercepts the picture and sends it on to others online, which causes much distress for Abi.

Kayleigh’s Love Story (Leicestershire Police)

Online Safety – CSE etc | KS4

Kayleigh’s love story is an online grooming case from October 2015 that ended tragically. This video re-enacts the last two weeks of 15-year old Kayleigh Haywood’s life when she was groomed on Facebook by a 27-year old male and then went to visit the man. Kayleigh was raped and murdered by the man and his next door neighbour. Both men were subsequently convicted of serious offences and received substantial prison sentences. The video has been made with the support of Kayleigh’s family and would be rated 15 if it were to be shown in the cinema. The video and the accompanying information is available here.

Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety: A Guide for Parents (Ambitious about Autism, Mencap and Cerebra)

Online Safety | Parent

This guide from leading organisations outlines some suggestions to help parents limit the risk of their child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do.

Lee and Kim (ThinkUKnow)

Online Safety | KS1

Lee and Kim is a short animated film designed for young children. It follows two primary school aged children who are playing an online game. The cartoon highlights the importance of being safe online, and helps children to spot important online behaviours such as being kind to other people and not talking to strangers. This video is available from the THINKUKNOW website together with some fun activities and a song. Alternatively, the video is available from the CEOP YouTube channel and is also available with BSL or subtitles.

Like Me (TrueTube)

Online Safety | KS3, KS4

TRUETUBE contains RE, PSHE and Citizenship resources. The video LikeMe uses a fast moving format to show how people interact online and is accessible here. School is over for the day, and Sophia is straight online with her friends, sharing messages and photos, but then someone shares too much and this has a massive impact for Sophia. Teachers’ notes containing discussion topics and activities are available.

Lucy and the Boy (NSPCC Share Aware)

Online Safety | KS2

Lucy and the Boy is a resource explaining to children about what is and isn’t suitable to share online. There is a cartoon video and lesson plan with activities, extension work and homework, with a slide presentation also available. The video contains closed captions and is available here.

Online gaming: an introduction for parents and carers (Childnet)

Online Safety | Parent

Internet safety advice is directly applicable to the gaming environment. It is essential that children are aware of the potential issues and are given the skills and knowledge to help manage and reduce these risks, with the help of those around them. A PDF fact sheet is available to download here that covers how games are played, what the risks are, how to keep children safe, etc. Further resources are available here.

Picture This (Childnet)

Online Safety, Online Safety – CSE etc | KS3, KS4

A drama-based educational sexting resource that addresses and questions the sensitive issue of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically with 11-16 year olds. By asking young people to step into the shoes of the characters within Picture This, they explore the law, impact and consequence of sexting and are encouraged to contemplate their online behaviour. The pack comprises of a 25-minute play script and lesson plans that seek to educate and enlighten young people about the consequences of creating and sending indecent images. Young people can decide their own ending for this play, formed from all that they have learned throughout the lessons.

Play Like Share (ThinkUKnow)

Online Safety | KS2

Play Like Share is a three-episode animated series and accompanying resource pack that aims to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online. There is an accompanying resource pack containing guidance, photocopiable workbooks, materials to engage parents and carers and extension sessions designed to be delivered to particularly risk-taking or vulnerable children, that address; self-esteem, commercial risks, privacy and security and online grooming. The video comes with closed captions and is available here. The video is also available from the CEOP YouTube channel here.

Resources about critical thinking: fake websites

Online Safety | KS2

The following websites can be used to test students’ critical thinking skills to see if they believe everything they see online:


Online Safety, Wellbeing and Relationships | KS3, KS4

This resource has been produced by Avon and Somerset but is based on the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign and also draws on resources produced by Childnet. The materials have been combined to produce a package which takes into account the PSHE agenda while also providing a police perspective.

Share Aware (NSPCC)

Online Safety | KS1, KS2

The Share Aware teaching resources and lesson plans have been created to provide straightforward, no-nonsense advice which will untangle the web, and let you know how, as a teacher or practitioner, you can show your pupils ways to be to be safe online. The central message is that the internet is a great place for children to be and being Share Aware makes it safer. These teaching resources support you to deliver the ‘stay safe’ messages to pupils. They’ve been written in conjunction with teachers, producers of educational resources and experts from the NSPCC – and have been piloted in primary schools to make sure that pupils respond to them.

Smartie the Penguin (Childnet)

Online Safety | KS1

Follow the adventures of Smarties the Penguin as he learns to be safe on the internet. There are Powerpoint versions of the story for EYFS, Year 1 and 2, a lesson plan and a song available here. The material covers: pop ups and in app purchasing, inappropriate websites for older children, and online bullying.

Staff Led Parent Online Safety Presentation (Childnet)

Online Safety | Parent

This online safety presentation for parents is designed to be delivered by the online safety lead, or designated staff member, in your school, organisation or child care setting.
Online safety is a whole community issue and this presentation is designed to improve parents’ knowledge and understanding of the risks their child may face online. It also provides practical strategies and advice to help parents support their child online and signposts to further resources and reporting sites which may be of use.

STAR toolkit (Childnet)

Online Safety | SEN

The STAR toolkit consists of practical advice and 15 teaching activities to help educators explore online safety with young people with autism spectrum disorders in Key Stage 3 and 4. The sections consist of Safe, Trust, Action and Respect. All sections feature the concept of friendship and have a focus on finding the balance between online and offline interaction. Most of the activities are not complete lessons, but starter activities or similar.

Stay Safe (CBBC)

Online Safety | KS2, KS3

The CBBC section on the BBC website has a number of resources suitable for KS2/3 including quizzes, videos and Newsround reports. Some of the most engaging are the songs and sketches created by the Horrible Histories team including Protect thy privacy settings featuring Guy Fawkes, What happens when you lie about your age online featuring the prudish Victorians, Lady Jane Grey Beware what you download and Saxon Monk in Internet videos are Forever. These are all accessible here. CBBC also have an Anti-bullying playlist on their YouTube channel and a collection of anti-bullying week videos on their website which includes videos about people being bullied because of various differences such as because they are clever, the colour or their hair, their faith, the fact they are transgender and because they were born in another country.

Stay safe, don’t send (The Children’s Society)

Online Safety – CSE etc | KS3, KS4

This is an animated resource about the effects of youth produced sexual imagery concentrating on the Gypsy, Roma and travelling communities as part of a project trying to keep young people in those communities safe from Child Sexual Exploitation. Other resources include an activity book, guide for practitioners, posters and leaflets which are available here.

The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew from Childnet

Online Safety | KS2

The five videos cover Safe (not sharing personal details), Meet, Accept, Reliable and Tell or SMART. These cartoons illustrate the five online safety SMART rules and include a real life SMART crew of young people, who guide the cartoon characters in their quest, and help them make safe online decisions. There is a supporting quiz and other resources, and the videos are available in BSL, subtitle and clicker versions and there is a copy of the SMART rules in symbols. This is all available here. Please note this resource was updated in 2016 to include a different SMART crew of young people to be more relevant.

Thinking about Staying Safe on the Internet (Dimensions)

Online Safety | SEN

Short document giving general internet safety advice for young people and adults in Easy Read Format


Online Safety | KS3, KS4

The THINKUKNOW education programme covers children and young people online, relationships, sex and young people and sexual abuse and exploitation: it does not cover bullying. The THINKUKNOW website has specific areas of its website for 11-13 and 14-18 year olds, a selection of videos aimed at KS3 and 4 and also the THINKUKNOW toolkit called ‘Sex the Internet’ and ‘You’ which contain 15 activities, some of which use the THINKUKNOW website to explore various different topics including friending, digital reputation, passwords, selfies and privacy. The ‘Consequences’ video is useful because it demonstrates offender behaviour. The professionals’ resources are available here and amongst these there are a number of videos available with BSL or subtitles. You will need to register for a free THINKUKNOW account to access and download resources and you will need to have attended a THINKUKNOW introduction course in order to access some of the resources.

Trust Me: a critical thinking resource (Childnet)

Online Safety | KS2, KS3, KS4

The main aim of the Trust Me resource is to educate young people around inaccurate and pervasive information that they might come across online. The primary and secondary education packs contain lesson plans, activities and presentations covering content and contacts online and the secondary pack also looks at propaganda.

UK Safer Internet Day 2020 resources

Online Safety | KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, SEN, Parent, Professional

Safer Internet Day is designed to empower young people to take control of their digital lives. For 2020 we are putting the focus on online identity and asking young people to consider whether they and their peers are truly free to be themselves online. To help educators to deliver practical and impactful activities for Safer Internet Day we have created a range of free resources, including films, lesson plans, assemblies and more!

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