KS1 online safety education

Education for KS1 should explore the appropriateness of content that children are viewing and sharing (some of them may have YouTube channels 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 grouo 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.

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 a book, PDF and interactive app. 

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. Available here.

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.


The following are two videos from Safer Internet Day 2017:

  • Ask before you watch - Red and Murphy talk to Freddie and Alisha about watching videos online. What should children do before they watch videos on YouTube and what should they do if they see something upsetting online?
  • How to make an avatar - Red and Murphy chat about creating an avatar online and what private information children should be aware of using when creating their own avatars.

Videos are also available with BSL or subtitles here>.

Complementary education packs for 5-7 year olds can also be downloaded here>.

There are also other resources from previous safer internet days available on their website here.

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.

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.

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