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Young people and Online Safety

SSCT produced Click&Play for Sexting
Aimed at KS3, 4 and 5 This session will help students understand the pressures on young people to take and share indecent images and the consequences in doing so. The session outlines how to manage the situation, how to remove the image and the law in relation to sexting including advice on how schools and the police can deal. The session ends with clear signposting for young people to access further support. Click on the photo above to launch the presentation.
SSCT produced Click&Play for Grooming
Aimed at KS3, 4 and 5 This session explores how young people can be groomed and exploited online. The session encourages students to think about their online relationships and consider whether their ‘online friends’ are really ‘friends’. We focus on the signs of grooming, what to do if things go wrong or don’t feel right and where to access support. Click on the photo above to launch the presentation.

External resources for Young people and Online Safety

Smartie the Penguin (Childnet)

Aimed at 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. The material covers: pop ups and in app purchasing, inappropriate websites for older children, and online bullying.


Jessie and Friends (Age 4-7) (ThinkuKnow)

Aimed at KS1

Jessie & Friends is a series of three animations that follow the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo as they begin to navigate the online world, watching videos, sharing pictures and playing games. There’s also a storybook for each episode, to help you and your child keep the conversation going.

The key message throughout Jessie and Friends is that if a child is ever worried by anything online, they should tell a grown-up they trust, who will help them.

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.


Digiduck’s Big Decision (Childnet)

Aimed at KS1

An engaging online safety story for young children. 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. 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, poster and interactive app.


Play Like Share (ThinkUKnow)

Aimed at 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, 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.

Band Runner (ThinkUKnow) 

Aimed at KS2

Band Runner is a fun interactive game that helps 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe from risks they might encounter online.


Be internet legends (ParentZone and Google)

Aimed at KS2

Be Internet Legends is a programme developed by Google and Parent Zone which teaches children how to be safer and more confident online. Aimed at seven to 11-year-olds, the programme has evolved to support schools, pupils and families digitally and deliver content remotely. The lesson plans are accredited by the PSHE Association and teachers can order a supporting teaching pack.


I saw your willy (NSPCC Share Aware)

Aimed at 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. All resources have the PSHE Association Quality Assurance Mark.


#LiveSkills (ThinkUKnow)

Aimed at KS2, KS3, KS4

#LiveSkills is a package of resources for 8-18 year olds focusing on live streaming, one of the most popular online activities for children and young people. It explores the features of live streaming and the specific risks children and young people can face.


Trust Me: a critical thinking resource (Childnet)

Aimed at 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.


Crossing the Line (Childnet) 

Aimed at 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. Using the short films as a spring board, the toolkit covers relevant topics such as cyberbullying, sexting, peer pressure and self-esteem. 

Online Blackmail (Thinkuknow)

Aimed at KS4

Online blackmail is a new education resource which aims to help young people identify key characteristics of how blackmail manifests online, understand the impact it can have, and how they access help if they experience it. The term ‘online blackmail’ is used to refer to the act of threatening to share information about an individual (including sexual images or videos) to the public, or their friends and family, unless a demand is met. Anyone can be targeted by online blackmailers, but as young people begin to become more financially independent, this can be a point of vulnerability which offenders seek to exploit.


Picture This (Childnet)

Aimed at 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.


Stay safe, don’t send (The Children’s Society) 

Aimed at 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.


Listen to your selfie

Aimed at KS4

Childline has teamed up with OMD UK and Don’t Panic to launch the #ListenToYourSelfie campaign to highlight the signs of child sexual exploitation and what to do if it is being experienced.


Kayleigh’s Love Story (Leicestershire Police)

Aimed at 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.


STAR toolkit (Childnet)


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.


Josh and Sue (ThinkUKnow)


Young people watching the film will be introduced to the idea that, whilst the internet can be a great place to have fun, online actions can have unpleasant consequences such as making someone else unhappy or being at risk from strangers. Using clear facial expressions and showing visual clues such as ticks and crosses as part of a straightforward storyline, the film explores ways in which young people can take basic steps towards keeping themselves safe online. There are two different commentaries, one for those with mild to moderate needs and another for moderate to severe needs.


Gaming or gambling (Aimed at Professionals)

Parent Zone and GambleAware have partnered up to help professionals and families learn about the gambling-like risks children may face when playing online games - and simple, practical ways to keep gaming fun and make it safer.   

Anti- Bullying week

Anti- Bullying week 2021 is the 15th to the 19th November. The Anti-bullying Alliance has created resource packs for both primary and secondary school students. See these here.