Most individuals would agree that Internet safety for children is a top priority when thinking about technology in education. It is important to safeguard children from dangers such as obscenity, malwares, scams, phishing, identify theft, cyberbullying etc. In this digital age, kids’ online safety has become a challenge. Luckily, there are now some really good providers of online safety resources that help students build critical thinking of situations that they may encounter online. I have selected a few that I think are particularly useful:
Common Sense Education supports K–12 schools with everything educators need to empower the next generation of digital citizens. Their innovative, award-winning Digital Citizenship Curriculum prepares students with lifelong habits and skills, supports teachers with training and recognition, and engages families and communities with helpful tips and tools. Here is a link to their lesson plans for internet safety:
Twinkl produces teaching and educational materials and give instant access to inspirational lesson plans, schemes of work, assessment, interactive activities, resource packs, and PowerPoints.
Here is a link to their online safety materials which includes flip charts, activities and games, and lesson plans:
The NSPCC is the U.K’s leading children charity having been formed over 130 years ago. They provide simple, bitesize info and advice on the latest apps, games and social media sites your kids are using.
Here is a link to their resources on screen time, social media safety, and live-streaming amongst others:
Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. They work directly with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 18 on a weekly basis, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals, finding out about their real experiences online, and the positive things they are doing as well as sharing safety advice.
Here is a link to their resources which includes online identity and working with children and young people online: