Internet safety resources

Internet safety resources

Below are some resources that may be useful in schools

Sample Templates

Free Online Safety Policy Templates from South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) including:

  • including Mobile Tech Policy
  • Parent Agreement Template
  • School reporting log template
  • Social Media Policy Template
  • Example Incident flowchart

IT Loan Guidance and Templates

With schools loaning out devices to families and staff we have created a guidance with ideas on how to do this including templates which include terms and conditions of loaning the device, which can be adapted to your school.

Download the guidance here

Be Internet Citizens

In 2017, YouTube launched Be Internet Citizens (BIC) in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), delivering in-school workshops and practitioner trainings across the UK. Beyond basic e-safety or media literacy, BIC encourages teenagers aged 13+ to explore what citizenship means in the digital era, including clear calls to action. Following over 6 months of development, ISD have now launched a brand-new curriculum for both schools and youth groups, reflecting the lived experiences and challenges young people face online. The resources are free to download and include a series of action-oriented sessions, unpacking key topics such as:  

  1. How to identify misinformation and disinformation (g. conspiracy theories, clickbait, manipulated media); 
  2. Exploring fact versus opinion, including how sensational content can be used to drive user engagement; 
  3. The benefits and pitfalls of a ‘personalised web’, including algorithms and filter bubbles; 
  4. Understanding unconscious bias and how it influences our worldview;
  5. Analysing 'us vs them' narratives, and how online echo chambers may widen social divides; 
  6. Responding effectively to hate speech and forging more inclusive digital communities; 
  7. Creating inspiring digital content to champion causes, promote positive messages and support peers. 

Find it on Educate Against Hate here: 



have just released a new Online Blackmail one hour session helping 15 – 18 year olds identify risk and get support when they need it. Included in the pack is:

  • A session plan to help young people recognise the early signs of manipulative, pressurising and threatening behaviour, and identify different people and organisations that can provide help if they need it.
  • Two fictional news article worksheets developed in response to the latest research, intelligence from the NCA, and engagement with professionals and young people

This resource has been mapped to the curriculum, including Relationships and Sex Education. Online Blackmail has also been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark, demonstrating it supports safe and effective teaching practice.  Also available is blackmail information advice for professionals, parents and teens - new articles to help professionals, parents, carers and young people learn more about how blackmail can manifest online:

Parent Zone FREE Gaming or Gambling resource pack

The brand-new, Gaming or Gambling resource pack provides you with the information, films and practical advice that you need to be more confident and knowledgeable about this emerging topic. Download your free pack now so that you can help children and families keep gaming safer and fun.


Other Resources

Wider Reading

Internet Matters, In their own words: the digital lives of school children - Looks at young people's experiences and views about their online lives. Identifies key themes from a survey of 14,944 young people aged 11-16-years-old in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland conducted in autumn 2019. Findings: content risk is more commonly experienced than contact risk, with pro-suicide content being the most frequently seen and mentioned; and vulnerabilities are likely to be exacerbated in the digital environment. 

NSPCC How Safe 2021: online conference - The NSPCC’s two-day child protection and safeguarding conference is taking place online between 4 and 5 March 2021, and will be available on demand the following week. Speakers include Dez Holmes, the Director of Research in Practice, who will talk about adolescent safeguarding, including the implications of harms that often occur outside the family, such as youth violence, criminal exploitation, county lines and sexual exploitation.  

House of Commons Library, Online Safety -  The House of Commons Library has published a research briefing looking at government plans to regulate harmful content online which includes protecting children from age-inappropriate content and other harms. The briefing covers the Online Harms White Paper and the government’s response to the consultation. 


E-Safety Professionals Conference 2018 Presentations:

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