online safety and digital citizenship specialist

Online safety resources for parents and teachers during COVID-19


I received a request to suggest resources and activities for parents and carers at home, and also adults working with young people in school, during the COVID -19 lockdown period.

Here is a brief selection from the 100's of resources available on

Schemes and frameworks

Education for a Connected World
The Education for a Connected World framework describes the Digital knowledge and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages of their lives. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it.
In simple terms this framework tells you what a child should know and understand as they grow and become active digital citizens.

Digital literacy and citizenship teaching resources
These free materials are designed to empower pupils and students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.
Browse by Key Stage or Year Group, for cross-curricular lessons which address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way.

Be Internet Legends
Google’s Be Internet Legends curriculum is a free internet safety educational resource for pupils aged 7-11 years-old.

Thinkuknow Home Activity Pack
This page has been created to support parents and carers during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, CEOP will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.
While this resource is aimed at parents and carers it also will prove valuable for non specialist teachers who are working with pupils in partially open schools and alternative care settings.

Parent Info: high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience.
Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience. In line with CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme, some of the content covers internet safety, but it all starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same.

Jessie & Friends: online safety education for 4-7s
Jessie & Friends is a three-episode animated series from CEOP's Thinkuknow education team which aims to equip 4-7 year olds with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to help them stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they may encounter online.

The BBC Own It keyboard and app
The Own it app is part of the BBC’s commitment to supporting young people in today’s changing digital environment. It will provide a helping hand to your child when they receive their first smartphone, supporting their digital wellbeing, showing them how to make smarter and better informed choices and helping them grow into confident, positive and happy digital citizens.

Online gaming: tips for playing safeThere's a game out there for everyone. Some might prefer sporting games like FIFA and NBA. Others play adventure games such as Fortnite and Minecraft. Video games are arguably better than ever - because almost all of them allow you to play online with friends.Chatting to other gamers can make it more fun too. It's likely that you'll chat to people that you've never met in real life. They might make you laugh, or give you great gaming tips. And it can feel like you know them well, especially if you voice chat with them through an app like Discord. Here is guidance and strategies to keep safe while playing games online.

For Key Stage 3 and older
Exploring your identity online?
‘We all feel different sometimes. It can feel like it’s hard to find people who get you: For lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) young people, finding other people you can relate to can be really tough. But when you do find someone who knows what you’re going through, it feels great.’
Apps, websites and social networks make it easy for people to connect, whether they’re LGBT or not, but for LGBT young people they’re particularly useful. Research states that nine in ten LGBT young people (90 per cent) say they can be themselves online, and nearly all LGBT young people (95 per cent) say the internet has helped them find positive role models (Staying Safe Online, 2020).

Childline’s campaign, #ListenToYourSelfie aimed at helping young people recognise the signs of grooming and unhealthy relationships, both online and offline.
We should be aware that during this time of isolation, lockdown and increased access to devices at all times of the day, young people – and adults (including colleagues) will be sharing intimate content.

LGFL's collection of sexting resourcesLondon Grid for Learning’s comprehensive range of sexting resources for primary, secondary and adults.

The Professionals Online Safety Helpline
'The Helpline resolves issues professionals face about themselves, such as protecting professional identity and online harassment by pupils or their parents, as well as the problems young people face, for example cyber-bullying or sexting. We provide advice, signposting and mediation service.’

Reporting Online Harmful Content
Here you can find out about and report harmful online content. The reporting tool will enable you to access guidance and report online harmful content.

Racism and Extremism
Let's Talk About It
Let’s Talk About It has been created to provide a greater understanding of the support Prevent can offer and to challenge division and negativity in our communities through positive and effective attitude changes. By highlighting the issues and initiating discussions around the potential threats we face as a community, we can create greater understanding and wider awareness.

Body Image and Gender
New #LikeaGirl Film Examines Shocking Lack of Empowering Emoji Options
A video, filmed by documentary maker Lucy Walker of Pulse Films for Leo Burnett Chicago, uses interviews with teenagers to point out that most emojis featuring girls are pink, "girly" and concerned with beauty or hairstyles. Shockingly, none of the "profession" emojis feature women, except, as one girl points out with horror, if a bride could be counted as a profession.

We Believe: The Best Men Can Be | Gillette
For three decades, Gillette promised its customers “The Best a Man Can Get.”
An individual. Acquisitive. Assertive. And always clean-shaven.
Now, Procter & Gamble, the maker of Gillette, is out with a new ad, “We Believe,” that challenges the image of masculinity it once promoted. has ignited a debate about gender and cultural branding, as well as about the power exercised by multinational corporations in shaping evolving ideas about family and relationships in the #MeToo era.

Myth vs Reality: PSHE toolkit
A practical online safety PSHE toolkit with films and lesson plans to explore online issues with young people aged 11-14.