Free Online Safety Videos And Lesson Plans

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How can you protect your students online?

The search for quality, up to date online safety content for teachers is a constant one.

With Safer Internet Day 2018 around the corner on 6th February, we are very happy to bring you five free online safety lessons. Each resource is linked to a BAFTA-nominated video, and comes with all the worksheets and information you need.

With the Children’s Commissioner’s report into the effects of social media on 8-12 year olds highlighting a need in schools to tackle these issues before they start, and the headteachers’ union NAHT calling for PSHE lessons to be made compulsory to tackle the issue, these resources are incredibly timely.

Safer Internet Videos

There are five free resources available on Teacher Toolkit:

  • Lesson 1: Be kind online (video, lesson plan & activity sheet)
  • Lesson 2: Things Spread Quickly Online (video & lesson plan)
  • Lesson 3: What is online bullying? (video, lesson plans & activity sheets)
  • Lesson 4: Removing things from the internet (video & lesson plan)
  • Lesson 5: Are you spending too much time online? (x2 videos & lesson plan)

The links to Lessons 1-3 are below, and lessons 4-5 can be found here.

Lesson 1: Be kind online

Learning objective: To be able to identify what kindness online looks like.

Success criteria:

  • I can recognise when someone has been unkind online
  • I can suggest ways which I can be kind online with my own family and friends
  • I can recognise that being kind online is just as important as being kind in the real world.

The full lesson plan can be downloaded here, and you can watch the accompanying video below.

Lesson 2: Things Spread Quickly Online

Learning objective: To be able to explain that information can spread very quickly and widely online even when sent privately

Success criteria:

  • I can identify ways in which things could spread online
  • I can plan ways in which I will minimise my information from being spread online
  • I can debate the pros and cons of posting online with my classmates

The full lesson plan can be downloaded here, and you can watch the accompanying video below.

Lesson 3: What is online bullying?

Learning objective: To be able to identify what online bullying looks like

Success criteria:

  • I can talk about how the children being bullied would have felt
  • I can identify the features of bullying
  • I can identify the difference between online bullying and real-world bullying.

The full lesson plan can be downloaded here, and you can watch the accompanying video below.

These resources have been created by teachers for Azoomee, an entertainment app for primary school aged children. Azoomee are committed to raising awareness of online safety and digital skills and the videos within the resources are episodes taken from their BAFTA-nominated online safety series Search It Up!

Even more resources

You can find all 18 episodes from the series on the Azoomee YouTube channel, covering subjects including:

  • digital permanence
  • personal information
  • privacy
  • fake news.

You know your class best and, therefore, which lesson (or lessons) may resonate most with your students. You are can therefore adapt them to best fit the needs of your class.

A further 3 lesson plans and more information can be found here.

We hope that these resources help you teach children about healthy online choices on Safer Internet Day, 2018. Let us know how you get on Twitter @azoomeekids.

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Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner is TT Editor, as well as a Freelance Book Publisher and TEFL teacher. She has been working with @TeacherToolkit for 5 years - since she published his first book in her role as Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing. Since then, she left her day job, moved to Madrid and trained as an English teacher. She is now a key member of the TT team, continues to teach english and edit books, and also spends her time learning spanish and searching for the best tortilla de patata! You can follow her at @HollyEditTeach.