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We use the Internet for so many things; keeping in touch with our friends and family, playing games, doing our homework and even ordering our shopping. When we go online, it is important to keep ourselves safe.

By remembering some simple rules, we can all enjoy the benefits of being online while staying safe.

Teach your children about staying safe online using our handy topic guide!

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Resources

The Internet Safety Pack

Online Safety Facts

  • More than 4.5 billion people around the world were using the Internet at the start of 2020, and 3.8 billion of them use social media.
  • The Internet really started in the late 1960s, when computers began to be linked together, but it was not until 1989 (when Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web) that it began to be widely used.
  • It is a good idea to use different passwords for each site and app, to keep your information secure.
  • For most Social Media sites, you need to be at least 13 to sign up for an account.
  • Never give out personal information (such as your name, age or where you go to school) online.

Videos

Lee & Kim

This cartoon, aimed at KS1 children (5-7) shows children why it is important to keep personal information safe.

Running time: 8:35

Staying safe online

Learn rules to stay safe online.

Running time: 3:06

Lifebabble – Staying Safe Online

Discover these online safety tips from CBBC.

Running time: 1:50

Lady Jane Grey Online Spam

Find out what happens when Lady Jane Grey clicks on an email offering her the crown of England.

Running time: 2:55

Books

Troll Stinks
Billy Goat and Cyril find the number for a troll on the farmer’s mobile phone, and decide to send him mean messages.
Webster's Email
Find out what happens when Webster emails a funny picture of his sister in this rhyming story.
Once Upon a Time... Online
A lesson in safety for fairy-tale characters.
Ant Clancy, Games Detective
Can Ant work out the reality behind the game?
Staying Safe Online
Find out how to stay safe and what to look out for when you are online.
Social Media (De:Code)
Learn about the jargon of social media with games and puzzles.

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