EYFS and KS1 online safety education

Education for EYFS/KS1 should explore the appropriateness of content that children are viewing and sharing (some of them may have YouTube channels, gaming online or be using other apps to share images and videos), who they are in contact with and the differences between an online ‘friend’ and a real friend. 

For the older groups of KS1, children should have the opportunity to think about how to behave towards each other and what to do if they have negative experiences, especially the importance of getting an adult to help them.

EYFS and KS1 online safety education resources

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 ebook, PDFs, poster and an interactive app. 

Digiduck's big decision

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.

Digiduck's famous friend

Digiduck® and his classmates are set the task of finding out who their special guest will be at school today. Through chatting online and asking questions they try to decide who the mystery guest is. Follow Digiduck® and his pals in this story about critical thinking and reliability online.

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Jessie & Friends is a series of three animations for 4-7 year olds that follow the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo as they begin to navigate the online world, watching videos, sharing pictures and playing games. The suggested ages for the three animations are 4-5, 5-6 and 6-7, respectively.

The animations and additional classroom activities give children great opportunities to learn about trust, being kind online, consent, and healthy and unhealthy behaviour on the internet.

Other materials such as lesson plans and storybooks, as well as information for parents are available.

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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.

Safer Internet create new materials each year including videos, lesson and education packs suitable for 3-7 year olds. Videos are also available with BSL/subtitles.

 

Safer Internet Day 2019

A Space Race is a film featuring animated characters Zap and Zoom for children aged 307 years old. Zap and Zoom help two young children who are playing a video game at home to make good choices about buying items online and accepting friends requests, and encourage them to get help from their trusted grown up. The film is shot in 360 so viewers can move the screen around to discover different views.

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Safer Internet Day 2018

In Take a minute, Murphy and Red discuss what it feels like when being online becomes too much.

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Safer Internet Day 2017

In Ask before you watch, Murphy and Red 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?


In How to make an avatar, Murphy and Red chat about creating an avatar online and what private information children should be aware of using when creating their own avatars.

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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.

 

Two stories featuring Sally the Smartphone and Tommy the Tablet owned by Angus and Annie. The stories explore how Angus and Annie interact with and treat their devices. When they don’t treat them well — like create a weak password or charge them under their pillows at night — the devices start feeling poorly and the children need to find ways to make them well again.

The stories are designed so that children will understand the consequences of being reckless with tech and learn how they can improve their habits. Children reading the stories might have found themselves in similar situations in the past and can learn how to best handle those situations in the future.

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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.

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