Get back to school ready with these online safety resources

04 Sep 2018 Becca Cawthorne

As the start of term grows ever closer, we look at some of the free resources available to help you to get back to school ready!

These resources are all free and available for use by any educator, including those involved in home schooling or youth groups.

Educators Pack for Online Safety Awareness

The internet provides educators with a fantastic tool for teaching young people, communicating with others and sharing successes with the wider community. In order to make the most out social media, technology and the internet, we have put together a pack of useful resources.

This pack includes:

Stuck for ideas whilst planning your school’s online safety activities? Our updated online safety calendar could help you out! 

The calendar includes key dates such as Safer Internet Day and Anti-Bullying Week, as well as fun lesson themes and games.

The checklist outlines key points to consider when using technology in the classroom, at school and at home, to help you face any challenges you may face.

The Social Media Guidance offers advice on utilising social media safely and responsibly in both your personal and professional life.  

POSH Helpline

The Professionals Online Safety Helpline (POSH) helps all members of the community working with or for children in the UK, with any online safety issues they, or children and young people in their care, may face. You can call them for free on 0344 381 4772 or email

Staff Led Online Safety INSET Presentation

This online safety INSET presentation is designed to be delivered by the online safety Lead, or designated staff member, in your school, organisation or child care setting. 

The presentation is flexible and the direction of discussion can be guided by the staff members present and pertinent current issues.

The Childnet Digital Leaders programme

The Childnet Digital Leaders Programme empowers children and young people to champion digital citizenship and digital creativity within their schools and to educate their peers, parents, and teachers about staying safe online. The programme aims to make online safety learning fun and effective and helping schools work towards an outstanding whole school community approach to online safety. Find out more about how your school can get involved.

Watch award winning online safety films

The Childnet Film Competition invited schools and youth organisations from across the UK to capture their internet safety messages in a short film.  This year, the film competition invited young people to think about how we can all make a positive difference online by supporting young people to ‘Connect with respect’.

You can watch the primary finalists and secondary finalists films here.

360 degree safe

The Free Online Safety Self-Review Tool for Schools is intended to help schools review their Online Safety policy and practice. The team at 360 degree safe will walk you through each aspect of Online Safety, helping you to collaborate, report, and progress.

Childnet resources

You can a full list of the Childnet resources on our website. There are a range of topics and issues for each age group covered in our resources, these include:

SWGFL resources

SWGFL provide a number of free resources for teachers, educators, and schools to access and download, these include guidance on:

Online Safety Live

The UK Safer Internet Centre offer free update sessions for anyone working with children and young people as part of our Online Safety Live outreach programme.

Delivered across the whole of the UK by the South West Grid for Learning, we bring these events locally to you with all the very latest in online safety including the latest issues, the biggest trends, and the best resources. Check for an event near you.

The UKSIC newsletter

You can sign up to receive the UKSIC’s monthly newsletter which shares a range of articles from the UKSIC blog, these focus on a range of different issues and services that young people use regularly.

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