Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety Resources for Primary Schools

The key to teaching cyber resilience and internet safety is to get learners to consider HOW they use the internet. Do they:

  • CONSUME
  • CREATE 
  • COMMUNICATE

 

Visit our Teacher Toolkit to find more info and resources to support this approach

Passwords are really important because they tell our accounts and devices that it is us accessing them and stops others from accessing them – like the key to your front door.

Learners should RECOGNISE the need for passwords (and other security features, such as face and fingerprint recognition). The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recommends passwords should be made of three random words.

Learners should be able to REACT to any threats to their device or account, including phishing, hacking or malware.

Finally, they should know how to RECOVER their account or device from any potential cyber attack, including running antivirus on devices, resetting passwords for accounts, and backing up and restoring accounts or devices.

Learners should be aware of the behaviour of others and themselves online. Teachers should promote positive behaviours and discussing how learners may develop these, while supporting them to overcome challenges they face online.

Learners should be SAFE when online. In order to do this they need to understand the potential risks to their safety, such as grooming, harassment or threatening behaviour. 

Learners should be SMART online. They should be aware of scams, consider how much personal information they share online, and be developing confidence to question online media.

Finally, they should be KIND to others online. It is more likely that learners have been exposed to unkind behaviour online and tackling this should lead them to identifying more positive behaviours and also how to deal with cyberbullying, griefing, trolling and other online behaviours.

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