Online Safety Education Resources
Welcome to the SSCT (Safe Schools and Communities Team) resources hub designed to assist professionals to educate children and young people about online safety.
Designing Education Programmes
Online safety needs to be taught to children and young people in the content of digital literacy to ensure that they are being taught the skills they need to navigate the world in which they find themselves, and to provide a balanced view of using technology and the internet.
We would recommend that schools use the UKCCIS Education for a Connected World framework document to map their digital literacy programmes.
The framework covers the following areas of online education:
1. Self-image and Identity
2. Online relationships
3. Online reputation
4. Online bullying
5. Managing online information
6. Health, wellbeing and lifestyle
7. Privacy and security
8. Copyright and ownership
This should be complemented by use of the Department for Education's Teaching Online safety in schools document which provides guidance for schools and colleges looking to teach online safety effectively and embed activities right across the curriculum.
The Education for a Connected World framework is supported by a series of resources from the SWGfL called ProjectEVOLVE. While there are not currently lessons for all the different framework statements, work is continuing to provide all the material in the near future. For more information click this article https://swgfl.org.uk/magazine/project-evolve-launches/
Resources by age and topic
Education for EYFS KS1 should explore the following topics:
- the appropriateness of content that children are viewing and sharing
- who they are in contact with
- the differences between an online ‘friend’ and a real friend.
Education for KS2 children should be similar to KS1 and build on the following topics:
- children should be exploring privacy settings
- what to do if they see or experience unpleasant behaviour or bullying online
- thinking about what the effects of sharing content could be in the future
The biggest risk to children at this age is getting into unpleasant conversations with friends from school and the potential fall-out from this or escalation into bullying.
Education for KS3+ young people is more complex as issues such as:
- peer pressure
- sexual development
- body image
- mental health
- online bullying and grooming
- youth produced sexual imagery
can be more prominent and young people are taking a bigger responsibility for their online activity and many will have mobile phones.
There are numerous resources for education on youth produced sexual imagery (sexting), CSE and other sexual content.
Resources and materials are available that can help with the online safety education for young people with additional needs.