More than half of children under 10 have a mobile phone. Not only are children using mobile phones for personal safety and keeping in touch, they are playing games, texting, chatting and using social media platforms. Although most social media platforms should not be accessed by the under-13s, a survey for CBBC Newsround found that over 75% of 10-12-year-olds have social media accounts. Another study found that 59% of children under 10 were using social media, with just 32% of parents feeling ‘very confident’ about being able to help keep their children safe online.
With these statistics in mind, we have developed a Key Stage 2 curriculum-aligned schools programme of four lesson resources and an assembly play. Through these, we hope to raise awareness among Key Stage 2 pupils and their parents and carers about online risks, safety and behaviour. The four lessons and assembly cover:
- Staying safe online
- Your digital footprint
- Taking care of your mobile phone
- Being a good digital citizen
The programme covers internet safety aspects of the National Curriculum (for England and Wales), The Curriculum for Excellence (Scotland) and the Northern Ireland Curriculum. The programme also touches on aspects of Geography, Maths and English.
Curriculum relevance ages 8-10
|England (National Curriculum)||Wales (National Curriculum)||Scotland (Curriculum for Excellence)||Curriculum for Northern Ireland|
Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
|Information and communication technology
Pupils should be taught how to use ICT comfortably, safely and responsibly, and to consider the hazards and risks in their activities, e.g. the importance of not disclosing personal details to strangers. They should be able to follow instructions to minimise risk to themselves and others.
|Internet safety The Curriculum for Excellence highlights through the experiences and outcomes the importance of Internet Safety and Responsible Use.||
Information and communications technology
Understand how to keep safe and display acceptable online behaviour.
We would like to thank CEOP for their kind permission to use their film ‘Jigsaw’ as the basis for these resources and the adapted assembly play.