KS3+ online safety education

Education for KS3+ young people is more complex as issues of peer pressure, sexual development, body image and mental health can be more prominent as well as young people taking a greater responsibility for their online activity and many having mobile phones.

The topics relating to online bullying and grooming, youth produced sexual imagery and radicalisation need to be tackled in a way which will engage young people to think about their own actions and when they need to protect others. This will include an exploration of criminal activity as well as looking at the safeguarding context and how school will respond if certain types of issues come to light. In particular, grooming and youth produced sexual imagery will also overlap with sex and relationship education issues such as viewing pornography, healthy relationships, domestic abuse, violence against women and girls and so on.

Both online bullying and radicalisation need to be discussed in the context of discrimination and hate incidents/crimes.

KS3+ 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 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.

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The Childline website and YouTube channel contain advice and resources for young people on varied topics including bullying, sending nudes and general online safety.

The website is available here> 

The YouTube channel is available here and has a number of videos exploring bullying.

The channel includes the series of 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. The Voicebox videos will not be suitable for younger children.

Crossing the line is a resource primarily aimed at 11-14 year olds and consists of four videos. There are accompanying lesson plans and worksheets covering online bullying, sexting, peer pressure and self-esteem.

This resource has been quality assured by the PHSE association and is available here>.

Digital resilience is a key skill that young people need 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. A lesson plan to help young people aged 11-14 manage their lives online and to help others.

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ENABLE aims to prevent bullying and online bullying in learning and leisure environments and contribute to the well being of young people through the education of young people in the importance of social and emotional skills as part of a successful attitude to life.

The ENABLE programme consists of 10 social emotional learning lesson plans and a peer-support programme for young people aged 11 to 14 years. 

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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>.

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. The video LikeMe uses a fast moving format to show how people interact online.

Teachers’ notes containing discussion topics and activities are available.

TRUETUBE contains RE, PSHE and Citizenship resources.

Available here>.



Myth vs Reality, the new PSHE Toolkit for 11- 14s, explores the topics of online pornography, healthy relationships and body image. The toolkit is free and comes with lesson plans, guidance for educators and videos. Through discussion and activities, this toolkit not only challenges young people to reflect on their own experiences, their own behaviour and unpick the truth from the online myths, but also ensures that they know who to go to and how to get support when/if aspects of their online life worries them. 

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SELMA has launched a toolkit to help approach the issue of online hate with young people aged 11-16. The toolkit takes a holistic approach combining social and emotional learning, media literacy and citizenship educational methodology and aims to foster a culture of mutual respect and open debate. The toolkit offers free, customisable resources and activities designed to be used by teachers, social workers and other professionals working with children.

Themes include:

  • What is hate speech?
  • What’s my role and what can I do?
  • How can we effect change in our community?

This resource is available here

Safer Internet Day create new materials for each year including videos, lesson plans, assembly presentations and other activities suitable for 11-18 year olds. Videos are available with BSL or subtitles.

Safer Internet Day 2018

In Digital empathy, young people aged 14-18 looks at what empathy is and how you can show it.

The Take a minute 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. 

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Safer Internet Day 2017

Selfie Shack is for 11-14 year olds and features young people 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.

Your image, your future is for 14-18 year olds and explores what other people, for example future employers, might think about you based on what you post online.

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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+ year olds, a selection of videos aimed at KS3 and 4.

The accompanying toolkit  contain 15 learning activities enables educators to use the Thinkuknow website as an engaging learning resource for young people.

Activities include:

Speed Friending. A lively role-playing activity which explores the nature of ‘friendship’ on social media, identifies risks and highlights ways to socialise safely online.

Digital Tattoo. A discussion-based activity in pairs and as a whole group, introducing young people (YP) to the concept of their ‘digital tattoo’ (or ‘digital footprint’) and ways to manage it.

Code Breaker. A detective activity in which young people (YP) try to guess the passwords set by fictional characters.

Thinkuknow Better? Young people (YP) work together to design an app which gives their peers advice and support on a Thinkuknow topic.

The professionals’ resources are available here>

A number of videos available are 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.

Stop, speak, support was developed with the Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying. It is aimed at 11-16 year-olds who are 'bystanders' of online bullying – it helps them think about how they respond to it and what they can do to stop it spreading.

This school pack contains suggested activities and resources that teachers of key stages 3-4 can use with their students. They can be adapted for use in a lesson, assembly or with a school council.

The sessions aim to: encourage pupils to be good digital citizens and equip pupils with the skills to know what they should do if they encounter bullying online.

Available here>

More information about the campaign is available from the Stop, speak, support website here> 


This secondary resource pack aims to facilitate discussions and enable students to develop the critical thinking skills needed to question what they see and experience online and to explore possible motives behind the content posted online and the contact they might receive, using discussion and mocked-up examples. It will also explore the idea of online propaganda and consider how this may be presented or shared online.

This resource is accessible here>.

The Unique voice organisation has produced this spoken word YouTube video about online safety featuring the voices of young people.

Available here>