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Walking Safely Along the Digital Highway – resources to help teach Digital Literacy and e-Safety


There are many resources available to help support schools to teach pupils to be responsible users of the Internet and to educate pupils to be as safe as possible when using online tools.  Helping learners learn in a global, connected classroom is not something which is just nice to do, it’s essential. In an ever-changing technological arena it’s important that supporting learning in digital citizenship is accepted as the responsibility of everyone, and an onging process, not an “event” to just happen once, like a vaccination. And of course that then requires a range of resources for supporting teaching digital citizenship, to help learners be citizens in a connected world, so that the resources are age-appropriate, reinforce and build on prior learning and experience, and support differing audiences and contexts. So here are some resources to support teaching digital literacy:

Five-minute Film Festival – Teaching Digital Citizenship – a playlist of short films which set the context of teaching digital citizenship in an educational context, beginning with a video setting all others in an overview of the different aspects of digital citizenship. Each introduces a specific topic and usually links to associated resources material. The playlist brings together videos on the various topic from different sources and makes an excellent introduction to the topic of teaching digital citizenship, providing statistics, background information and advice in short nugget-sized visually-engaging videos. This includes links to the CommonSense Education Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum which has hosts of resources for use either online or in print form grouped according to age and topic (covering 1. Internet Safety, 2. Privacy & Security, 3. Relationships & Communication, 4. Cyberbullying, 5. Digital reputation & Footprint, 6. Self-image & Identity, 7. Information Literacy, 8. Creative Credit & Copyright.

Even Our Youngest Students Need Digital Citizenship Skills – a blogpost by Kathy Cassidy setting out why even the youngest learners nead to be supported in learning about how to be safe online, and guidance about what that support might look like in the context of young learners.

Who should teach kids internet safety? – this is an article by Katie Kenny reporting on a survey in July 2014 by AVG technologies of school internet use in New Zealand. This provides a picture of the current state of play in one education system to help highlight where support and resources may be directed.

Social Media websites of which every parent should be aware, listed and described along with a guide to issues each site may present.

15 apps and sites kids are heading to beyond Facebook – a post by Kelly Schryver on the Common Sense media site which lists online tools or mobile apps which children and young people may be using in addition to, or instead of, Facebook. Each tool is described and pointers for parents and educators about the issues which may need to be borne in mind in relation to each tool or app.

Online simulation for aimed at teenage pupils (but useful for teachers and younger pupils who may be using social networking tools) using networking sites to show dangers and precautions to take – interactive activities and helpful videos and scenarios.

PrivEazy is a comprehensive series of presentations and quizzes all devoted to keeping you safe online. You can choose from categories of tools and applications (including web browsing, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, home wi-fi, Windows, mobile locational services, Android, and much more). Each category then has a presentation on-screen, as well as a quiz, and checklists of prompts to then undertake the steps described in the presentation to put the tips into practice. You can use the resource without signing up but if you do sign up then you can see your own progress through the various categories and come back time and again to use what you need when you need it.

Power to the Parent from Common Sense Media is a series of videos aimed at dealing with online issues relating to children’s use of online spaces, including media awareness, sexting, and celebrity culture.


Edutopia Cyberbullying & Internet Digital Citizenship a range of resources to support teaching about how to deal with issues around using social media by pupils.

Jog-the-Web Internet Safety interactive activities – a collection of resources using a frame “Jog the Web” which highlights a progression.  Jog the Web also allows for comments to be added above each online resource to highlight activities or the application in a particular context.

Action on Rights for Children – Parent Guide to Data Privacy – a PDF document.  Information about children is collected from the moment they are born. Some of this is necessary, some isn’t – and some of it is gathered without your even being aware that it is happening. It is important that you know what data is being collected, what it’s used for and how to keep as much control over it as possible.  This document provides examples and advice about how to keep in control of data about you or your children.

Blog-posting about internet filtering in schools – the background to why and how web filtering happens in schools, from a school, local authority and national perspective.

Guide to Internet Filtering in School by Alan Mackenzie (the E-safety Advisor) is a description of the reasons for school internet filtering, the mechanics of how decisions are taken as to what is filtered and in what ways, and the decision-making processes employed by staff at various levels.

Google Internet literacy/e-safety interactive resources for teachers Google’s resources to support the education of families on how to stay safe online. In tandem with online safety organization iKeepSafe this provides a digital literacy curriculum that educators can use in the classroom to teach what it means to be a responsible online citizen. The curriculum is designed to be interactive, discussion filled and allow students to learn through hands-on and scenario activities. On this site you’ll find a resource booklet for both educators and students that can be downloaded in PDF form, presentations to accompany the lesson and animated videos to help frame the conversation. Google also produce digital literacy resources to guide users through steps they can take to protect themselves online with Good to Know.

National Glow Group on Internet Safety and Responsible Use – a Glow username log-in and password is required to access this Glow Group.  It is a place to access resources shared between Scottish schools and local authorities and to discuss and comment on what has been found to be useful for different situations. Glow username required.

Tips for Teachers on Staying Safe in Social Networking Sites – from Association of American Educators Articles often appear in the media about the dangers of social networking sites to professionals, and particularly to teachers. This site provides practical solutions – general and school specific tips to consider as teachers assess their own online profiles.

Using Facebook Safely – A Guide for Professionals Working With Young People – Yorkshire & Humber Grid for Learning guidance document on using Facebook, which will be useful for staff working in schools.

Netsmartz Social Networking safety videos for older pupils these resources are designed to help empower children aged 8 – 12 to make safer online choices through lessons taught in a series of animated videos highlighting the Internet-related adventures of a diverse cast of teenagers. Educators may reinforce the videos’ safety lessons through the use of accompanying activity cards.  The site also houses real-life stories videos—a series of narratives from teens about real experiences of online situations. Each of the videos is accompanied by an activity card to facilitate student discussion and understanding. These materials are suggested for those aged 11 and above.

NetsmartztipsheetsNetSmartz Tip Sheets – a host of tip sheets on a variety of online safety which can be either read online or printed, or shared with others, covering different age groups, gaming, social media, mobile phones, evaluating internet sources, cybersecurity, cyberbullying, and communication online.

Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum A series of detailed lessons for primary pupils covering various aspects of using online spaces effectively and safely. These lessons cover privacy, digital footprint issues, copyright, searching techniques, evaluating websites and more. There are also lessons from this site for other age groups.

CommonSense Media Videos Keeping Kids Safe Online – videos which provide useful tips and advice for learners, parents/caresr and education professionals in helping keep learners safe online.


Garfield Comic character on Internet Safety a series of interactive, animated lessons using the character of Professor Garfield to provide these first lessons on Internet safety along with guidance for students, teachers, and parents.

Privacy Playground is a game aimed at 8-10 year olds designed to teach about online advertising, spam and keeping private details private.

Cyber-Safety Video a blog posting and associated video highlighing for children aged 8-10 the dangers of social networking.

Choose What Happens next – Richard Byrne has linked to this series of videos on YouTube which have been linked together, with the sequence of videos depending on choices that viewers make. This aims to show what can happen when inappropriate choices are made, and also demonstrates the YouTube tools which enable links to different videos depending on a viewer choice by clicking onto a button on the video itself. Richard Byrne has also produced a tutorial to how to use these features of YouTube should you wish pupils to make similar videos to illustrate choices they make and the consequences.

Parenting Online Safety Booklet from Wired.org What do parents do we do when their eight-year-old knows more than they do about cyberspace? How do they guide their children safely through this online world? How do they set the rules when they perhaps don’t even understand the risks? This document online provides some safety tips. Parenthood is never easy and the ground rules are always changing.

E-safety classroom posters free to download and print free to download colourful A3 posters to help raise awareness in the classroom to the important issues regarding cyber-safety, e-security and digital citizenship.  There are different posters for different age-groups and for different areas of online safety such as password security, cyber-bullying, netiquette, scames, spam and much more.

Safer Internet Posters from SaferInternet are printable posters for use in schools. There are two versions of these, one aimed at younger pupils (6-11 year olds) and another for older pupils (11-16 year olds). The posters highlight, in a positive way, how children and young people should behave online as well as identifying some of the benefits of being online. They are available in 3 different sizes including A3 as a classroom poster and A5 for use in books.

Do I share a photograph of my friend…..? is a poster (from Common Sense Media) aimed at pupils to help them consider the issues involved before sharing online any photographs they take

E-safety activities for primary school pupils from CBBC – with links to other online esafety sites

Teaching Themes – Staying Safe Online – ideas for online and offline activities

11 E-safety resources for pupils, teachers and parents

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ThinkUKnow resources aimed at different age groups and with materials for parents and teachers.

360 degree esafety audit – document version with all levels with descriptions

360 degree E-Safety School Review Tool – from SWGfL

29 Steps to Internet Safety for Kids is a post byDeb Ng on steps to take for all online.


The NEN E-Safeguarding Tool is an online application that can help schools to ensure that ICT is used safely and responsibly and that risks related to ICT use are properly managed.

The audit considers Roles and Responsibilities and E-Safeguarding Procedures, including; Risk Assessment, Data Classification, Access Control, Use of Systems, Password Policies, Incident Reporting, Remote Access, Technical Security. Simply click on the E-Safeguarding Tool and answer each question as it is presented to you. As you answer each question the system will suggest the next steps for improving your schools E-Safeguarding procedures and where appropriate direct you to further sources of information and help. You can stop the audit at any point, save your answers and resume the audit later on. When you have completed the audit you can print out your answers along with the recommended next steps.

Words NOT to live by – a post by Anthony Salcito of Microsoft in which is shared a visual infographic poster (from Gaggle.net) illustrating the words which are entered by learners which are highlighted as concerning by filters. This provides gives statistical information about frequency of such words and times of occurrence related to times of year and day. This provides food for thought for educators and the poster thus encourages and provides pointers for need for specific digital citizenship teaching.

Microsoft’s comprehensive guide to security, privacy and safety online for policy-makers can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/about/twc/en/us/policymakers.aspx. This deals with issues relating to security, privacy and safety for policymakers and individuals, provide background information on current issues, guidance, and information about Microsoft tools.
Purple Mash E-Safety To support teaching and learning around E-safety there are 7 Safer Internet activities. These are targeted at upper primary children who may be beginning to venture that bit further into the online world.

http://www.digitalme.co.uk/safe/ Digital Me provides interactive esafety activities for pupils, and associated teaching resources for teachers.

http://www1.k9webprotection.com/ K9 Web Protection is a free Internet filter and parental control software (free download) for home computer (or mobile device).  It provides tools for parents to control unwanted content their family.

Norton Online Family is a free online tool to help parents to monitor the Internet activities of their children, from anywhere, in real time. Sign up for a free parent account and then it guides you through setting up house rules for your family in collaboration with your children, setting the agreed boundaries. And these can be changed by the parent as children grow in age and responsibility.

Amber Coggin has produced a SMART Notebook file for use with a SMART Board which is in the form of a Facebook template.  This can be used to reinforce safety messages about the use of social networking tools.  The SMART Notebook file can be edited so that pupils can create their mock page for a historical character.  Click here to access this resources: http://smartboardgoodies.com/2011/02/11/facebook-page-template-notebook/

Alternatively from the iLearn Blog http://t.co/nXhLLC3 comes the links to use online fake social media pages Fakebook and Twister created by @russeltarr to teach about the use of Facebook and Twitter. Use them by getting the pupils to create fictional pages for historical characters or create fictional characters in creative writing.  While there is then the curricular purpose with a creative tool there is also the opportunity to reinforce the message about safe use of social networking tools.

Further tools for teaching about safer use of social networking tools like Facebook while also teaching about historical figures can be found on Richard Byrne’s blogpost here

Social Media Policies – Ryan McDonough produced a visual infographic poster of guidelines for learners in their use of online spaces. As well as the ideas in the poster Ryan included an online survey tool for learners to add their own comments on what appeared in the poster so that his pupils could help shape the guidelines and engender an ownership of the guidelines.

4 Ways the Internet Makes Kids Smarter – an infographic poster which presents information from various research sources about the impact of children using online tools, as well as a section on e-safety tips.

FaceMoods’ Online Safety Little Red Riding Mood – this is a series of videos aimed at children to alert them to how to be safer users of online social media sites.

Highland E-safety E-safety resources from Highland Council including Cyberbullying interactive activities for pupils, and a host of links to resources for pupils, teachers and parents.

E-safety cartoons Shared by @OllieBray – e-safety cartoons for schools to display.  These are aimed mainly in schools  supporting the role parents play in educating their children to be aware of the issues for their children, and what they can do.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-internet-safety-games-kids-cyber-smart/ From the MakeUseOf site comes a collection of 6 Internet Safety Games To Help Kids Become Cyber Smart:

Webonauts Internet Academy – about the rules of web safety and digital citizenship where children have to complete a series of missions in order to graduate from the Webonauts Internet Academy. The lessons follow the motto – Observe, Respect, and Contribute.

Safety Land – is a game about battling a villain who is spamming people with messages.

Internet Safety Hangman – where the clues all relate to cyber rules you should remember and follow.

Iggey and Rasper’s Internet Safety Game – is about net etiquette for kids.

Anti-Phishing Phil – is a game about phishing scames on the internet.

OnGuard Online – covers spyware detection to wireless security.

From David Andrade’s blog “Educational Technology Guy” http://goo.gl/fb/Udlkg came the following link to the NorthWest Learning Grid Digital Literacy interactive tool – http://www.nwlg.org/digitalliteracy/ pupils select what they do online then follow a series of interactive activities which help them become aware of issues and suggested behaviours in each environment.

The European Union Safer Internet competition site lists entries from around the EU – all designed to teach online safety, some created by children and some by companies

In a choice of language from the Council of  Europe comes Through the Wild Web Woods at http://www.wildwebwoods.org/ – game aimed at 7-10 year olds to support children in becoming digitally literate.
Raising Digital Kids – parenting guide wiki http://raisingdigitalkids.wikispaces.com/

The Digital Citizenship Wiki created by Dr Alec Couros on keeping safe online by educating children to be digitally literate while using online tools creatively has a wide range of links to  resources designed to help everyone stay safe while online:

Digital Citizenship teaching resources collected by Kyle Pace can be found at http://www.sophia.org/packets/digital-citizenship – these resources and activities help support teaching pupils to use online resources productively and in a safe and responsible way.
In order to keep be kept aware of how you or your school are mentioned online a free tool which can be used to send automated e-mails to you is Google Alert.  Setting up a Google Alert for the school’s name and for individuals to  consider doing the same for themselves at http://www.google.com/alerts means an email (or a feed) can provide information of when the name is mentioned online.

In a similar way specifically for mentions on Twitter anyone can set an alert at http://www.twilert.com/– that way you can be sent a message when someone on Twitter mentions you or your school by name.

That’s Not Cool http://www.thatsnotcool.com/ – this US site is aimed at teenagers specifically to help them work out what’s acceptable to them and what is not, and courses of action for when someone pressures or disrespects them online or via mobile ‘phone. That’s Not Cool uses digital examples of controlling, pressuring and threatening behaviour and provides strategies for dealing with them.

Shambles Internet safety links> a host of links to resources on keeping safe online

USA Today – Education – Staying Safe Online – provides resources and links to sources of additional resources to support teachers in teaching about safety online.

ThinkB4U is a website which comprises a series of videos of family scenarios involving a variety of online situations. Each is designed to help give pause for thought about what anyone should do before they click! As more of our life happens online, Internet skills are crucial to living responsibly. ThinkB4U is a collaboration between Google, Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, and the National Consumers League with the joint aim to tackle digital literacy in a fun and interactive way. Topics covered include identity protection, fraud detection, and digital citizenship. Each scenario location includes several video shorts about a modern family’s experience online. The viewer has to determine which path the family members take at the critical decision point. Do you send that text? Do you make that purchase? Or many more decisions where you are encouraged to take a moment to think before acting and consider the issues involved. The site incorporates some techniques of games-based learning – as users view each video, they can collect interactive objects, each of which opens up a quick game about the subject of the video. Throughout the site there are linked resources and more information on any topic for each user whatever their role, whether pupil, parent or teacher.

Should you post a selfie – slightly light-hearted flowchart visual infographic poster which leads learners through a thinking process before considering posting a selfie (a photograph in which the photographer themselves appear) online anywhere. It may be helpful as a discussion starter for a class to consider what their actions would be.

E-Safety Live are events bringing online safety providers, experts and industry leaders together to share information and resources on the latest online safety topics with education practitioners in the UK to better help safeguard children, as well as professionals, when online. Workshops by organisations such as Facebook, Vodafone, Xbox (Microsoft) and CEOP can be attended throughout the day as well as opportunities to get those burning questions answered by knowledgeable professionals.

Budd:e Cybersecurity Education package consists of two activity-based learning modules, one for primary school pupils, and one for secondary school pupils. Both modules contain media-rich activities and resources. There are also comprehensive Teacher Resources for Budd:e including background and contextual information, a video demonstration of the modules, lesson plans with learning outcomes for each activity, and curriculum maps.

Ask a Tech teacher – Teaching e-safety – this post is a description of the resources used at each year stage of primary school in one school, explaining what concepts are introduced at specific age-groups and resources they use to support them.

Wildcat Web Safety Wiki is a great collection of  e-safety videos created by pupils themselves, each showing an example of an issues pupils may meet online, and the advice for safeguarding themselves. There is an extensive menu of e-safety topics. Each topic page is presented with an introuductory voki providing a spoken explanation of the issue. Then there is a summary of the vidoe, and the video itself. Each video features pupils talking about that issue and giving advice on what to do in response to keep safe. A useful resource in itself for use by pupils both in providing advice, and in providing providing a model which could be an activity which could be replicated by other school, or used as the inspiration to prompt alternative ideas for engaging pupils in e-safety.

TES – Connect – lesson plan on e-safety interactive activities requiring no technology to take pupils thorugh several issues around using online spaces in a safe and responsible way. Includes a Powerpoint presentation/quiz/assessment as well as response sheet (and explanatory lesson plan).

Gift Cards for Parents to Share with their child when giving them a gift of a device – these cards have safety messages about what the child receiving the gift (there are cards specific to smartphone, tablet, gaming device or computer) would be expected to consider and expected behaviours. The cards contain spaces with each statement where the parent can fill in expectations they have of their specific child in relation to that statement. And in addition the card also has a statement of expectations the child can expect of the parent in relation to the use of the device. Everything is able to be adapted to any specific family situation, but provides a useful template for parents to think about their child’s behaviours and the parent’s responses.

From England’s Department for Education comes Advice on child internet safety Universal guidelines for providers. This document – compiled by members of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) – draws together the most effective messages for keeping children safe online.

Teaching Digital Literacy without Technology – a post by Andrew Marcinek describing classroom activities which help pupils to understand using online tools, but which themselves do not require anyone to use the technology to get across the points about considering what and whether to post,  etiquette, conversations without face-to-face signals/clues, and brevity while conveying the intended message.

10 Great Digital Citizenship lessons from Google – 10 interactive lessons based on the use of YouTube  along with accompanying lesson plans for teachers. These videos present different issues related to the use of YouTube (but which could equally apply to the use of many other online tools or social media tools). These videos and teacher notes cover the following areas: Detecting Lies; Safety Mode; Online Reputation and Cyberbullying; Policy – The Community Guidelines; Reporting content – Flagging; Privacy; and Copyright.

An e-safety-wise school – an article by RM esafety consultant Hilary Wright about steps schools can take to ensure the school community is as e-safety-wise as possible. This includes the filtering and reporting but more importantly about education of everyone, staff, pupils and parents.

DigiDan – Police Scotland’s online resource aimed at helping learners stay safe online. Includes top 10 tips, a quiz and an iBook.

Digital Literacy Resources collated by Mark Anderson – a Pinterest board which educator Mark Anderson uses to collate and share resources to support teaching digital literacy.

Hoax or No Hoax –  a series of resources linked with pupil classroom activities on the  Read, Write, Think site which set the task to pupils of using various techniques to determine whether a range of online sites are providing reliable information or are spoof sites.

Why Does Cyberbully Care? a visual infographic poster setting out what cyberbullying is, how it can affect others, how it can be recognised and what can be done to counter it.

Oversharing – think before you post – a rap-style video by Flocabulary taking learners through the pitfalls of posting something on social media or elsewhere online without thinking about consequences. The video is accompanied by the full text of the rap, as well as interactive activities for use with a class (fill in the gaps and a quiz).

Six-year-olds understand digital technology better than adults – a controversial headline for a survey which was carried out about the use of technology by young children and adults. More importantly thank any conclusion that younger children are better equipped to use technology than adults there is a condensed version of the survey which anyone can use which lets anyone look at the questions and crucially see support for how to be better informed about areas where knowledge, skills or experience are not as good as educators or parents/carers would want for themselves.

Joan Walker has used Scoop.it to collate resources as they becomae available on the topic of E-safety and e-safeguarding. This therefore can be handy to see new materials appear which have been tagged with either term.

Parenting Across Scotland: Children and teenagers’ Online Safety – advice, tips, guidance and resources for parents to support their children using online spaces and tools.

What do pupils need to know about digital citizenship – an article by Vicki Davis which sets out the essential categories of skills and information learners need to know in order to keep themselves, and those around them, safe and and to be able to make best use of online tools and resources.

InternetSafetyCheatSheetInternet Safety Cheat-Sheet for Parents – provides a useful infographic poster describing helpful hints for settings which parents can apply to online tools and services which their children may access, which can help protect them from inappropriate content, whether it’s Netflix, YouTube, Google searching, mobile device or the home wireless hub.

webwisewhatisWebwise.IE what are these social media tools and how can a user keep safer using them? – this site provides a host of explainers about many online tools which are in use, how they are used, and how to avoid the risks which can arise. So find out about ooVoo, Periscope, BBM, Tinder, Yik Yak, Viber, WhatsApp, SnapChat and a host of tools.

DigitalClassroomsE-SafetyCurriculumE-Safety – a New Curriculum? – an example from Rebecca Stacey, a headteacher in a primary school in Cumbria, of how e-safety is tackled at each stage in her primary school, with resources and activities matched to each stage, and suggestions for incorporating e-safety teaching into other areas of the curriculum. As well as the description there is a downloadable document here: http://www.digitalclassrooms.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Internet-Safety-through-the-Year-Groups.pdf

YouthSparkHubOnlineSafetyYouthSpark Hub – Internet Safety from Microsoft – a visually friendly series of information panels highlighting issues for learners in keeping themselves safe online, incorporating interactive elements.

ComparitechprivacyProtecting Children’s Privacy – A Guide for Parents, Carers and Educators – a post by Paul Bischoff on the Comparitech site which sets out the concerns expressed by many parents and carers about the safety of their children online, and provides guidance, tips and advice about what parents can carers can do, including the nature of conversations with their children and practical steps which children and their parents and carers can take to adjust privacy settings in commonly used social media tools such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. It also describes the steps to take on settings in mobile devices, as well as Internet browsers, and more, all designed to help children and their parents and carers be more in control of the information they share.


  1. It is good to have access to all of these additional resources.

  2. These will be useful resources. I really want to make more of this next session.

  3. Lots of fantastic resources here!

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  6. Great post – thanks for putting all this together, really helpful!

  7. Thanks for the comment – glad it was helpful

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