KS2 online safety education
Education for KS2 children should build on that provided for KS1. Children should be exploring privacy settings, blocking and reporting and 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. Ensuring children know what to do if they see or experience this type of behaviour online is a key focus.
Some children may have YouTube channels or may be using other platforms where they share content, for example Instagram or Snapchat.
Online gaming is also something many of children are involved with, even if they do not have a games console, and this can lead to children experiencing very inappropriate content and playing games with unsuitable people.
One of the major challenges is to help children to look at the risks of their own behaviour rather than just the abstract concept of risk. Exploring these topics in a number of different ways across the curriculum gives the best chance of children learning these risks.
KS2 online safety education resources
#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 8-10 olds explores self-esteem and positive and negative attention.
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.
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.
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. Examples include information about:
- How to deal with social media anxiety
- Could online gaming turn into gambling?
- Has something scared you online?
May also be worth sharing with parents to help them talk to their children.
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>.
There is also a web page for 8-10 year olds on the ThinkUKnow website featuring Bandrunner, a platform game where players have to make good online choices to gain points.
There and other activities using the characters from the PlayLikeShare videos and staying safe advice.
Safer Internet Day create new materials for each year including videos, lesson plans, assembly presentations and other activities suitable for 8-10 year olds. Videos are available with BSL or subtitles.
Safer Internet Day 2019
Data Detectives shows young people aged 7-11 years old exploring a virtual house while learning about consent online and the ways in which their information is used. Schools can also download the Virtual Reality app and use with Google cardboard or other goggles.
Safer Internet Day 2018
In 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.
Safer Internet Day 2017
The Bigger Picture 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.
There is also a Power of Image photography pack which explores different aspects of such as 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.
This resource is a collection of quick activities designed for use with 7-11 year olds (but easily adapted to other ages) to help them recognise the signs they may experience when they've been online too long and the importance of balancing online and offline activities.
NSPCC ShareAware resources include videos, lesson plans and teaching guides.
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.
I saw your willy. 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.
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 education pack contains lesson plans, activities and presentations are provided for 8-10 year olds covering:
- Content - Can you trust everything you see/read online?
- Contacts - Can you trust everyone who contacts you online?
All resources are available here>.