Keeping Pupils Safe Online

A guide for teachers

The internet is an important learning tool with so many uses in school as well as at home. We are living in a world where computers and technology are important. Almost every job has some type of computer or technology requirement. So it makes a lot of sense that all children need to learn how to use a computer and the internet.

There are many benefits to using the internet, but also risks. Schools need to be aware of the risks, and how to manage them, to keep their pupils safe. You need to be in the know.

There are lots of links on this page to help you. Some links will be for teachers' information while others can be used with children in school. The list of websites for pupils to use are all safe and easy to navigate, and they could use these independently.

Enjoy - and stay safe!


Safe is a programme of practical activities that develop young people's skills, self-confidence and safety awareness when using social networking sites. They have lots of online and downloadable resources, worksheets and links for teachers to use in school. Very useful!

CEOP's Thinkuknow programme provides a range of free educational resources - films, lesson plans, presentations, practitioner guidance, games and posters - to professionals working with children and young people:

Know IT All for Primary school teachers is designed especially for primary school staff to help them understand important e-safety issues and how to get the most out of the internet:

The UK Safer Internet Centre delivers a wide range of activity to promote the safe and responsible use of technology:

FREE Posters For Teachers

Safe search engines for kids to use in school:

Smileys are a very popular text based image often used in chat rooms, on instant messenger sites or in texting. Smiley faces are created by typing the required symbols, such as : – ) on your keyboard. Most software will automatically generated a graphical smiley image when you type the required symbols. The link below will take you to a page which sets out some of the most commonly used smileys and their meanings.

Acronyms are also widely used on the internet (e.g. LOL, ROFL, BRB). They can be hard to understand if you're not familiar with them, so follow this link to see some of the most common, along with their translations!

Safety tips and information:

TES has an area for educational practitioners to share resources and ideas with each other.
Here is a link to some good eSafety resources:

Internet Safety Day
Internet Safety Day promotes safe use of the internet every year. Resources and ideas can be found here:


Check out the cool Cyber Cafe - there are games and stories that will help you learn about staying safe online, using your phone, downloading music and emailing. Think you know it all already? Have a go at the Brain Teaser Quiz and test yourself! Click these links below...

Think U Know Cyber Cafe

Lee & Kim


Go to Know It All for information on eSafety. Go adventuring with Kara, Winston and the SMART crew!

Learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer here:

Find out how to stay safe when chatting online with true stories, activities and games on Chat Danger:

Remember: be SMART:
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