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Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety for Early Learning and Childcare

Why is cyber resilience and internet safety (CRIS) so important?

We are spending an increasing amount of time learning, playing and socialising in online environments. In fact, 87% of people aged 16+ in the UK used the internet in 2019 (Ofcom). Our online behaviours fall into three categories, we:

  • consume
  • create
  • communicate

To support our children and young people navigate this part of their lives, we need to be able to support them to recognise, react to, and recover from online harms. At the same time, we need to promote safer, smarted and kinder ways of playing, learning and socialising online.

Embedding the experience & outcome ​through a practical play-based approach

This session recording aims is to support and equip you with the knowledge and confidence to embed cyber resilience and internet safety at early level through a practical play-based approach. This session will explain where Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety sits within the Technologies curriculum and where it overlaps with the Health and Wellbeing, Numeracy and Maths and Literacy and English curriculum, and why it is so important to embed across your curriculum. We will unpick the CRIS experience and outcome and explore what this means in the context of play and how it can be part of everyday conversations, and what this might look like in your own settings.

Resources for Supporting CRIS in ELCs

All childcare providers want to create a safe and secure environment for the children in your care. As we become ever more reliant on digital technology it is increasingly important that you protect data (on children, staff and families), finances and also the integrity of any digital systems you use, including email, communication channels and databases.

There are a handful of steps you can take to minimise the potentially costly and disruptive effect of a cyber incident, and better safeguard the children in your care, as well as your business’s finances and reputation. This short seminar is for anyone working in childcare in Scotland. It is run by the National Cyber Security Centre (www.ncsc.gov.uk), and supported by the Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Care Inspectorate, as part of CyberScotland Week. It will provide you with advice and steps you can take to minimise the likelihood and impact of a cyber attack on your setting, and information about where to get help and advice if you need it.

Please click here to download e-pamphlet PDF Early Years practitioners: using cyber security to protect your settings. 


Upcoming CRIS webinars

google interlands

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 ‘An Effective 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:

internet safety

What is Internet Safety?

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The Scottish Government (2017) states: “Every child and young person has an age appropriate and evolving understanding of the opportunities and risks which exist in the online world.”

This is defined within these 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

Internet safety deals with events and issues that are cyber enabled – that means it can be an issue online and offline. Cyber enabled issues include viewing inappropriate content, sharing images and videos, and harmful communication, such as cyberbullying and grooming.

Dealing with internet safety requires support with behaviours and understanding the needs that drive those behaviours, more than the use of an internet-connected device. When using the internet we want our children and young people to be safe, smart and kind.

Have you tried these free internet safety resources?

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Step Up, Speak Up! – Childnet

Step Up, Speak Up! – Childnet  “Online sexual harassment is unwanted sexual conduct on any digital platform and it is recognised as a form… Read more

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Just a joke? – Childnet

Just a joke? – Childnet  Lesson plans, quick activities, a quiz and teaching guide designed to explore problematic online sexual behaviour with 9-12 year… Read more

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Into Film -Staying Safe Online

Into Film – Staying Safe Online    Staying Safe Online is an education resource created by Into Film in partnership with Childnet International. Both… Read more

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Free Internet Safety Tutorial at GCFGlobal

Free Internet Safety Tutorial at GCFGlobal  This site has a progressive programme of lessons to introduce and develop your learners’ knowledge and understanding of… Read more

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Thinkuknow – internet safety resources

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

Upcoming CRIS Webinars

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What is Cyber Resilience?

cyber resilience. recognise react recover

Share what cyber resilience looks like in your setting Please fill out this form

The Scottish Government (2015) states that: “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.”

Cyber resilience deals with events and issues that are cyber dependent – that means it can only be an issue when an internet-connected device is involved. Cyber dependent issues include hacking, phishing scams and malware, such as ransomware.

In order to deal with cyber threats and to become more cyber resilient it is important we support learners to make their devices and platforms as safe and secure as possible – this includes steps such as setting passwords and two-factor authentication (2FA).

Cyber Advice

Passwords and 2FA

Cyber threats

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Supporting Financial Education

In the UK, we spend more money online per capita than any other nation. So, if our learners are spending money online – how are you supporting them to be as safe and secure as possible? What threats are they likely to face when spending money online?

your money matters textbook

Your Money Matters is a FREE financial education textbook for Scottish schools – chapter 6 looks at cyber resilience in financial education.

cyber resilience in financial education

This page has more cyber resilience in financial education, as well as other numeracy and mathematics contexts.

Barefoot Computing Resources

These lessons plans with activities were created by Barefoot Computing. They are free to access from Barefoot Computing and link to CfE.

You’re the Cyber Security Expert

The Phisherman Game

You’re the Jury

Code Cracking



Upcoming CRIS Webinars