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.

Age-appropriate discussions about grooming should be had, as well as about youth produced sexual imagery as more and more cases of this are being seen in primary schools. 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

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>.

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 and is available here>.


The CBBC section on the BBC website has a number of resources suitable for 8-10 year olds including quizzes, videos and Newsround reports here>.

There is also a music video in the style of One Direction called ‘Who do you share your details with?’ which could be a great starting point to think about this area of online safety. The video can be found here>.

CBBC also have an anti-bullying playlist on their YouTube channel which can be seen here>, these include a series of films featuring the characters from the popular programme The Next Step.

Also available is an anti-bullying week webpage which includes videos about people being bullied because of various differences, because they are clever, the colour or their hair or because they were born in another country, including stories from olympic athletes who have been bullied.

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. 

The education pack for Safer Internet Day 2017 for 7-11 year olds contains an assembly, a play and other activities for this age group together with a video called 'The Bigger Picture.'

The film 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. Also available in BSL and subtitles from Youtube/Vimeo.

There is also a photography pack which explores different aspects of the power of image: from 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. 

A gallery of these images is available for discussion but there is nothing stopping this activity being used outside of safer internet day.

The following websites can be used to test students' critical thinking skills to see if they believe everything they see online:

The main aim of this resource is to educate young people around inaccurate information that they might come across online.

This resource is by no means a solution to the issues that are facing young people online but is intended to stimulate and facilitate discussions around online risk.

All resources are available here>.

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