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7 Quick Wins: Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety Workshop

This session aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety (CRIS) learning and teaching within our curriculum. It will explore engaging contexts, quality lessons and effective assessment of CRIS for your setting. The session will highlight the CRIS content available on this blog and allow practitioners to share their ideas and examples as a group.


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6. Information Literacy and CRIS

What is information literacy?
“The ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to reach and express informed views and to engage fully with society.”
CILIP Information Literacy Group

Why should I teach information literacy?

Almost three-quarters of young people say social media is an important source of news to them – although there is growing awareness of its trustworthiness only around a third of young people will question what they read. (Ofcom, 2019)

What can I do?

Educators have responsibility to teach digital literacy, as part of the Technologies curriculum:

  • Searching, processing and managing information responsibly, TCH x-02a
  • Cyber resilience and internet safety, TCH x-03a

and the literacy and English curriculum:

  • Recognise the difference between fact and opinion and progressing to evaluative comments about relevance reliability and credibility with appropriate justification, LIT x-18a

That’s why we’ve developed this page to support you as you teach more effective searching, increased awareness of platforms, and the ability to recognise the difference between fact and opinion. We believe it’s increasingly important that we educate children and young people about how the web works and how the information on it is created and manipulated. As learners increase their knowledge and understanding of the web and online platforms, they should be encouraged to apply the critical thinking skills they have learned in literacy lessons – leading to a healthier, happier and smarter online experience.

Who can help?
Hopefully we can. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, get in touch on twitter @DigiLearnScot.

Information literacy is also a key role of school librarians and they are always willing to support learning about it. Find out more about how school librarians can support information literacy learning. The literacy and English curricular team at Education Scotland have more on their national Professional Learning Community site:

Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools national strategy (sharepoint.com)

Information, Digital Literacy & Digital Creativity (sharepoint.com)

Spotting Fake News

In this blog post below, learners watched a ‘news story’ and, after evaluating it, wrote their response and justification on the blog page below.

Watch video with your own learners and see if they agree with the learners from Falkirk:


True story or fake news? | Falkirk Pupil Digital Leaders (glowscotland.org.uk)

This is an example of using digital literacy (blogs) to engage learners.

Digital Media Literacy by GCF Global

This site has lots of free lessons and resources, including this series of lessons on how to interpret and evaluate information online. The lessons are progressive, relevant and each one comes with activities that are easy to adapt for your learners’ needs.


The Detective Digiduck story and resources from Childnet, and author Lindsay Buck, are a great introduction to CRIS and information literacy. In this story Digiduck finds that not everything on the internet can be trusted and that you need to check the reliability of it from a range of sources.

Read the story, listen to the author read it, and access resources here: Detective Digiduck! – Childnet

Younger learners

Fact or fake – BBC Bitesize

This site has lots of information, videos and activities to support you develop your learners’ understanding of what fake news is and how it affects us.

All ages

National Literacy Trust

The NLT has a  fake news and critical literacy resources page with cross-curricular resources for learners of all ages.

They also have their Words for Life page that explains what fake news is, how to spot it and links to The Guardian NewsWise content and has a section on child-friendly news sites: Child-friendly news | NewsWise | The Guardian

All ages

YouTube | Moving Image Education

Moving Image Education has lots of resources and information to support you teach film literacy, including this activity that supports learners evaluate and analyse YouTube content. Let the learners lead the learning by selecting their own video and then analysing it with this scaffolded activity.

Older learners (YouTube appropriate)

Making Sense of Media

Ofcom hosts this site which contains information about media literacy – what it is and how to teach it – alongside reports that explain how, what and why children and young people are accessing media. Read the latest research on the impact of covid on children’s media lives here.

For educators

5. Google Interlands

Google Interlands is the game that goes along with the Google: Be Internet Legends lesson plans. Both the game and lesson plans can be accessed from Glow’s app library – they can also be added to you and your learners’ launch pads for quick and easy access.

Make sure to look at our ‘A Good CRIS Lesson’ page for ideas on how to plan, deliver and assess your CRIS lesson with Interlands and Be Internet Legends.

Here is a short tutorial on how to add the Interlands and Be Internet Legends tiles to your Glow launch pad:

2. What is Internet Safety?

Every child and young person has an age appropriate and evolving understanding of the opportunities and risks which exist in the online world

Contributory outcomes

  • Children and young people are aware of their rights and responsibilities in the online world
  • Children and young people are resilient and are equipped to help themselves and their peers
  • Children and young people are able to identify when they, or their peers, are at risk, and know what to do if they spot something

(Scottish Government, 2017)

We believe learners should have clear and simple messages about internet safety. The apps and platforms they use, and the behaviours that come with those, changes all of the time. That is why our internet safety message is:


Children and young people should learn how to keep themselves and their reputation safe online.
They should develop an understanding of how the internet and web works and how to use this to their advantage, whether that is for life, learning or work.
Our learners should be kind to one another, and promote kindness to others.


This is the prefect place to start for all things internet safety. It has content for educators, families and learners.

Click the image to visit the site:
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Free Internet Safety Tutorial at GCFGlobal

This site has a progressive programme of lessons to introduce and develop your learners’ knowledge and understanding of internet safety, ranging from passwords to two-factor authentication (2FA is a code sent to your phone instead of a password) and safer online shopping to social media privacy settings.

Staying Safe Online – Into Film


Staying Safe Online is an education resource created by Into Film in partnership with Childnet International. Both projects centre on the theme of privacy and sharing of information but with different films suitable for age and stage.

Staying safe online 7-11

Resource – Staying safe online 11-16

Just a joke? – Childnet


Lesson plans, quick activities, a quiz and teaching guide designed to explore problematic online sexual behaviour with 9-12 year olds

Step Up, Speak Up! – Childnet


“Online sexual harassment is unwanted sexual conduct on any digital platform and it is recognised as a form of sexual violence.”

Step Up, Speak Up! is a practical campaign toolkit to address the issue of online sexual harassment amongst young people aged 13 – 17 years and includes a range of resources for young people and the professionals who work with them, including teachers, pastoral teams, senior school leadership and police forces.  

4. An Effective CRIS Lesson

Here is an example of what a CRIS lesson might look like. This lessons explains what the internet and world wide web are, with opportunities for learners to engager with research, share opinions and apply their learning.

“Ensuring the elements of effective teaching are present – for
example clear explanations, scaffolding and feedback – is more
important than how or when they are provided.” Education Endowment Foundation (2020)

HGIOS (4th edition) makes clear that high engaging learning, quality teaching and effective assessment, will improve educational outcomes for all learners.

As with any other area of the curriculum, in CRIS learning the context should be meaningful and relevant to the leaders – for many children and young people the internet and web are routine aspects of their lives already. Therefore, learners should be given the opportunity to share what they already know about the internet and web and the educators can use effective questioning and engaging activities to spark the learners curiosity about CRIS even further.

As educators we may need to develop our own knowledge and understanding of CRIS in order to support and challenge our learners’ thinking, and to make the contexts relevant and meaningful.

Finally, assessing the learners’ progress is vital to identify next steps and improve their educational outcomes. There is certainly scope to use formative assessment as learners learn, summative quizzes to check their knowledge and understanding recall but also to assess their ability to apply their learning in new contexts, such as with new apps, devices or curricular areas.

3. CRIS in Health and Wellbeing

Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety (CRIS) learning shares many links with Health and Wellbeing (HWB) and the experiences and outcomes can be bundled very neatly together in planning. Cyber Resilience learning explores themes such as keeping your device safe and overcoming setbacks to reputation and finance. Internet Safety develops learners knowledge and understanding of keeping themselves safer, making smarter decisions and being kinder to themselves and others. By planning CRIS and HWB learning that complements one another provides contextual, engaging and meaningful lessons for children and young people.

1. What is Cyber Resilience?

“Cyber resilience is being able to prepare for, withstand, rapidly recover and learn from deliberate attacks or accidental events in the online world. Cyber security is a key element of being resilient, but cyber resilient people and organisations recognise that being safe online goes far beyond just technical measures. By building understanding of cyber risks and threats, they are able to take the appropriate measures to stay safe and get the most from being online.” (Scottish Government, 2015)


The advice from the National Cyber Security Centre for the UK is clear on what makes a stronger password: THREE RANDOM WORDS.

This PowerPoint can be used as a lesson to teach learners about creating stronger passwords. It is aimed at upper primary learners but could easily be adapted to younger and older learners. Consider using this lesson when your learners next need to change their passwords, such as at the start of term.

Click here to view, and download a copy, in Glow O365 (you will need to login in to Glow to access)