Online Safety @school

Here you will find lots of useful links to websites that will help support the teaching of online safety and digital citizenship in your school.

Education for a Connected World – (updated 2020)

Bolton Schools have adopted Education for a Connected World framework into the teaching of Digital Citizenship and PHSE.

This framework describes the knowledge, understanding and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, how to get support, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it safely. Children and young people’s online activity and behaviour can be different both within and across an age range. This framework is intended to be used flexibly in order to support learning that is relevant to children and young peoples’ online behaviour and experiences and matched to their readiness for new learning

Since the publication of the first edition of the framework in 2018 the introduction of new statutory subjects in all English schools has elevated the status of much of the knowledge young people will require from September 2020. This updated edition expands learning outcomes related to understanding, respecting and protecting individual autonomy, the right to give or withhold consent and repositions some outcomes in response to new behaviours related to safeguarding.

Education for a Connected World focuses on eight different aspects of online education:

Self-image and Identity              Online relationships

Online reputation                        Online bullying

Health, wellbeing and lifestyle

We suggest covering these under the theme of Information Technology:

Managing online information

Privacy and security                      Copyright and ownership

Education for a Connected World

Purplemash have developed a range of plans & learning activities linked to the different elements within the Education for a Connected World framework.

Introducing ProjectEVOLVE

ProjectEVOLVE resources each of the statements from UK Council for Internet Safety’s (UKCIS) framework “Education for a Connected World” with perspectives; research; activities; outcomes; supporting resources and professional development materials.

This vast library of content is managed by an innovative new engine, designed by SWGfL

The vibrant new content has been written by a team of experts here at the UK Safer Internet Centre. It’s up to date; relevant and engaging and moves online life education into the third decade of the 21st century.

Supporting Online Teaching & Learning 

These websites have a range of age appropriate resources to support the delivery of your digital citizenship lessons.

Smartie the Pengiun

An online safety story for 3 to 7s

Band Runner

is a fun interactive game that helps 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe from risks they might encounter online.

Digiduck Stories

Engaging online safety stories for young children aged 3 to 7s

Play Like Share

 is a three-episode animated series and accompanying resource pack which aims to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe online

Be Internet Legends 

empowers younger children to use the web safely and wisely, so they can be confident explorers of the online world.


New resource from National Cyber Security Centre.

This toolkit of educational resources has been developed by the NCSC for practitioners that work with children aged 7-11. All of the resources, and the CyberSprinters game, focus around conveying key messages to children and will help them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in crucial areas:

  • using and managing passwords
  • protecting their devices
  • dealing with suspicious messages

Opportunities for Reading

These are some of the books we use in our digital citizenship workshop to start discussions.

Opportunities for Writing

To support the teaching of the IT strand and cross curricular writing, we have put together a list of  suggested Technology Pioneers and in our updated Computing Toolkit a suggested booklist .

Robert Noyce – Year1

Radia Perlman – Year4

Jack Kilby – Year1

Bill Gates – Year5

Tim Berners Lee – Year2

Grace Hopper – Year5

Ada Lovelace – Year3

Steve Wozniak – Year5

Charles Babbage – Year3

Alan Turing – Year6

Hedy Lamarr – Year4

Elon Musk – Year6

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