#Listentoyourselfie (Childline)

Online Safety – CSE etc | 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.

Ask before you watch (Safer Internet Day 2017)

Online Safety | KS1

Red and Murphy talk to Freddie and Alisha about watching videos online. They explore what children should do before they watch videos on YouTube and or if they see something upsetting online? The video is also available with BSL or subtitles. Complementary education packs for 5-7 year olds can also be downloaded here.

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.

Bullying videos (Childline)

Online Safety | KS3, KS4

The Childline website and a number of the Voicebox videos on YouTube explore bullying and a list of their playlists is available here. The playlists are split into different categories and the bullying-specific section is accessible here. The Voicebox videos feature mostly youngish adults and are short discussions about various different topics. The videos are produced on a weekly basis so it is worth signing up to the channel for notifications.

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 empathy (Safer Internet Day 2018)

Online Safety | KS4

This video from Safer Internet Day 2018 for 14-18 year olds features young people in KS3 exploring ‘Digital empathy’ which looks at what it is and how you can show it. Video also available with BSL and subtitles from YouTube/Vimeo. The education pack contains an assembly, lesson plan and other activities.

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.

Disrespect Nobody (Home Office)

Online Safety – CSE etc | KS4

The Disrespect Nobody campaign from the Home Office focuses on healthy relationships. There is a website with information about sexting, relationship abuse, consent, rape, pornography, and where to get help. There are also videos about sexting, relationship abuse and consent. The videos are animated but suitable for young people and try to be practical and humorous. The videos come with closed captions and can be accessed here.

Exploited (ThinkUKnow)

Online Safety – CSE etc | KS3, KS4

This 18-minute film helps young people learn to stay safe from sexual exploitation and helps educate young people to identify features of an exploitative friendship or relationship in contrast with the development of a healthy relationship.

It also gives them clear information about how to report abuse and access support.

Exposed (ThinkUKnow)

Online Safety – CSE etc | KS3, KS4

This film explores the idea of ‘nude selfies’ in the context of a teenage relationship.

Dee has a boyfriend whom, as a part of a consensual relationship, she sends a nude image to. The audience then begin to see how easily a person can lose control of their image as Dee’s photo is shared around the school. Dee thinks of ways she can take control of the situation and advises the audience on the risks of sharing nude selfies.

The audience are encouraged to think about the emotional and social consequences of a nude selfie being shared.

Fight against porn zombies (FAPZ) (Childline)

Online Safety – CSE etc | KS3, KS4

Childline has a lot of information aimed at children of 12+ about the realities of watching pornography. They also have a series of cartoons aimed at boys available on their YouTube channel here. Episode 1 looks at how boys can have their perception of sex altered by watching pornography and how it can lead to objectifying women. Episode 2 looks at how pornography can lead to people feeling they have to re-enact what they see. Episode 3 looks at the peer pressure to have sex. There are also information films that explore the topic further. Be aware that the cartoons are quite explicit: the main authority figure in the cartoons is called Professor Ophelia Balls and there are other characters with similarly ‘on-the-edge’ names.

Gaming Addiction (MindEd)

Online Safety | 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.

How I feel online (Safer Internet Day 2018)

Online Safety | KS2

The education packs for Safer Internet Day 2018 for 7-11 year olds contain an assembly, lesson plan and other activities for these age groups together with a video ‘How I feel online’ which features young people in KS2 discussing how they would feel if they were being encouraged to be mean to others online. Also available with BSL and subtitles from YouTube/Vimeo.

How to make an avatar (Safer Internet Day 2017)

Online Safety | KS1

Red and Murphy talk to Freddie and Alisha about watching videos online. What should children do before they watch videos on YouTube and what should they do if they see something upsetting online? The video is also available with BSL or subtitles. Complementary education packs for 5-7 year olds can also be downloaded.

I am Holly (Bedford High School, Greater Manchester)

Online Safety, Bullying | KS3, KS4

This powerful video from Bedford High School looks at online and offline bullying and shows how someone being bullied might feel. It also describes how we can help someone who is being bullied by standing up to bullying.

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

Internet Matters

Online Safety | Parent

This website is set up in partnership with many of the technology companies to give parents and carers information. Information is split into advice which includes sections for different age children, controls and expert articles. There are a number of short videos, in particular April’s story about a young girl sharing naked images and Jack’s story about being bullied on online gaming.

It’s Not Because He Loves You (Cambridgeshire Police)

Online Safety – CSE etc | KS4

A teenage girl talks about her relationship with Jake, an older boy. Jake buys her gifts and a phone and is displaying controlling behaviour including sharing naked images of her. The film explores the feelings of the young person. It is sometimes difficult for young people and adults to identify these types of abusive situations as children and young people may believe they are in a loving, consensual relationship. The video is available to view 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 | 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.

Myth vs Reality: PSHE toolkit

Online Safety | KS3

With Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) becoming statutory in all schools from September 2020, schools need practical, thoughtful and helpful resources to help them teach RSE.

Myth vs Reality, our new PSHE Toolkit for 11-14s explores the topics of online pornography, healthy relationships and body image. This toolkit is an extension of our hugely successful practical PSHE toolkit ‘Crossing the Line,’ which aims to generate discussions amongst young people aged 11-14 about their experiences online.

NSPCC webpages and Helpline

Online Safety | Parent

The NSPCC web pages on online safety cover everything a parent needs to know including how to talk to their children about issues, how to make agreements in the family to keep everyone safe and how to manage time online. There are also reviews of websites, games and apps in the NetAware section. It also signposts parents to NSPCC webpages or for more specific questions to the 24 hour online safety helpline for parents on 0808 800 5002, that is run in association with O2; where parents and carers can speak to a specialist practitioner.

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.

OwnIt (BBC)

Online Safety, PSHE | KS2, KS3

A comprehensive resource featuring real-life stories, advice from experts, fun quizzes, and videos with CBBC presenters, celebs, and star vloggers suitable for KS2/3.

This resource is designed to be browsed by children but could also be used in the classroom. Highlights include videos on:

  • Should mobile phones be banned in school?
  • Seven ways to smash back-to-school!
  • Managing parents.

May also be worth sharing with parents to help them talk to their children.

Parent Info (Parentzone and CEOP)

Online Safety | Parent

Parent Info is a free resource for schools and other organisations, providing expertise and advice to parents and carers on a range of subjects including digital issues and online safety. Schools and other organisations can host Parent Info directly on their own website, offering parents and carers support with easy access to up-to-date articles, research and practical advice.

Parenting in a digital world (Minded for families)

Online Safety | Parent

MindEd is an organisation that provides education about children and young people’s mental health. They have a sections on how much time young people spend on the internet, what are the risks and social media etc. This is also available in easy read PDF 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.

Power of image Photography project (Safer Internet Day 2017)

Online Safety | KS2

Safer Internet Day 2017 featured a photography project which explores different aspects of the power of image: from the pressure to take the perfect selfie, to the ways that images can be misleading or ambiguous, the six photography briefs challenge young people to consider the impact of images on their lives, while also celebrating the positive power of image to help inspire a better internet. The six briefs are: Be the change, Look outside the frame, Seeing is not always believing, Picture perfect, Personal information clues, Being me. A gallery of already created images is also available for discussion.

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:

Selfie Shack (Safer Internet Day 2017)

Online Safety | KS3, KS4

This video from Safer Internet Day 2017 for 11-18 year olds features young people in KS3 talking about what they like about taking selfies and what the pressures are to take ‘perfect’ selfies. There is also an education pack containing an assembly, lesson plan and other activities. Video also available with BSL and subtitles from YouTube/Vimeo.


Sending nudes (Sussex police)

Online Safety – CSE etc | KS3, KS4

Two animated videos looking at the risks of sending nudes of yourself and the consequences of sharing images of others. Both videos include closed captions and are available here.

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.

So You Got Naked Online (SWGFL)

Online Safety | KS3, KS4

‘So you got naked online’ is a leaflet that helps and advises young people who may find themselves in a situation where they (or a friend) have put a sexting image or video online and have lost control over that content and who it’s being shared with. It is available as a 15-page booklet or handout flyer. There is a cost to purchase these, but more information can be found on the suppliers website.

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. For a review of the activities, please click here.

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.

SWGFL Digital Literacy Programme

Online Safety | KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

These free online safety materials are designed to empower pupils and students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Find the lessons that are just right for your classroom. Browse by Key Stage or Year Group, for cross-curricular lessons which address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way.

Take a minute (Safer Internet Day 2018)

Online Safety | KS3

This video from Safer Internet Day 2018 for 11-14 year olds features young people in KS3 discussing how they feel when they are online, and encourages them to consider how others are feeling. Young people discuss some response strategies including taking a minute before responding.  Video also available with BSL and subtitles from YouTube/Vimeo. The education pack contains an assembly, lesson plan and other activities.

Take a minute (Safer Internet Day 2018)

Online Safety | KS1

Red and Murphy talk about what it feels like when being online becomes too much. Also available with BSL and subtitles from YouTube/Vimeo. The education for 5-7 year olds contain an assembly, lesson plan and other activities.

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.

The bigger picture (Safer Internet Day 2017)

Online Safety | KS2

The education pack for Safer Internet Day 2017 for 7-11 year olds contains an assembly, a play and other activities for this age group together with a video called ‘The Bigger Picture.’ The film looks at the power of images online – how an image can create an impression and how often there is more than meets the eye in an image. It looks at a series of parts of images and asks children what they think is happening and sees how their views change depending on how much of the picture they can see. Also available in BSL and with subtitles from Youtube/Vimeo.

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 Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Education for a Connected World Framework

Online Safety, Bullying | KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

The Education for a Connected World framework describes the Digital knowledge and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages of their lives. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it.

VoiceBox (Childline)

Online Safety, PSHE, Bullying, Diversity | KS3, KS4

The Voicebox videos on YouTube feature mostly youngish adults and are short discussions about various different topics including online safety and bullying. The videos are produced on a weekly basis so it is worth signing up to the channel for notifications. Other material can be found on the Childline website

Webster’s Technology Books (Hannah Whaley)

Online Safety | KS1

Webster’s technology is a series of books that feature a cartoon spider and are written in a rhyming style: the series currently comprises Webster’s email, Websters bedtime, Webster’s friend and Webster’s manners. Each covers a different aspect of using technology safely. Available in paperback and electronic edition from online book sellers.

Your image, your future (Safer Internet Day 2017)

Online Safety | KS4

This video from Safer Internet Day 2017 for 14-18 year olds explores what other people, for example future employers, might think about you based on what you post online. Also available with BSL and subtitles from YouTube/Vimeo.

Zipit app (Childline)

Online Safety – CSE etc | KS3, KS4

The Zipit app aims to help teenagers deal with difficult sexting and flirting situations. The app offers humorous comebacks and advice, and aims to help teenagers stay in control of flirting when chatting. Search for ‘zipit’ in your app store.