Interested in learning more? On this page are sections about: staying safe online, combatting cyber bullying, digital literacy, resources for schools, technology and maths, cyber careers, games and having fun in the digital world, cyber education, general interest, general resources for maths and science pupils, mindfulness and physical activity, and early learning.
We have assembled a huge range of resources for schools, pupils, parents and others – take your pick from the links we have included below…
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Staying safe online
Get Safe Online and Cifas’s Check a Website page is excellent – an innovative new feature that invites you to check a website is safe to use before accessing. Try it out for yourself and visit: http://getsafeonline.org/checkawebsite. Overall, Get Safe Online is a fantastic resource including lots of tips about staying safe in a digital world.
My Tutor have published The Parents’ Guide to Teaching Your Teen Online Safety, covering:
- The most popular social media platforms for teens
- How to stay safe when socialising online
- The connection between Influencers, body image, and mental health
We have collaborated with the ITU Child Online Protection (COP) team, a specialised agency of The UN since 2021 in the development of their AskMe App, available since September 2023. Access the App here: https://www.itu.int/cop/askme/
Coupon Follow have created a guide to online privacy protection and internet safety. This is rather US Centric but nonetheless contains help advice: https://couponfollow.com/research/parents-guide-to-online-privacy
Octane Seating have produced an educational guide https://octaneseating.com/blog/safe-streaming-kids/ for parents on safe media streaming for kids. Although it is rather US Centric, much of the advice is applicable in the UK, containing valuable information on:
- Safe Cyber Safety Habits
- Ways to monitor a child’s internet use
- A film rating system
- Tips on device security and parental control options
- Pricing, content ratings, and more
Broadbandsearch.net devised “17 Rules to Protect My Child Online” during the Covid crisis, but equally relevant subsequently.
Take a look at what’s going around Safer Internet Day each year
As technology continues to advance, cybercrime, identity theft, malware, and phishing activities are also becoming increasingly sophisticated. Virgin Media O2 experts have created a cyber security safety test that aims to build awareness and educate users of all ages on how to better protect themselves from online threats: https://www.virginmedia.com/blog/online-safety/cyber-security-quiz/
Verizon have published “What is Cybersecurity? Overview, Best Practices and Resources”. It is a thorough, well-researched explanation of the principles of good cyber security
Cynja is a revolutionary internet security app combining the safety, control, and activity reports parents need, with the fun and freedom of using the web and chatting with friends that kids want.
NST Law have produced a Child Internet Safety Guide – nstlaw.com/child-safety/internet/
The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety https://www.mytutor.co.uk/blog/the-parents-guide-to-teaching-your-teen-online-safety/
Internet Safety for kids, recommended by CyberGhost: https://privacyhub.cyberghostvpn.com/privacyhub/internet-safety-for-kids-guide/
Internet Access for Kids, recommended by InternetAdvisor:
An IDStrong article on ‘Why you Should Watch Out for Teen Identity Theft‘, states that children and teens can easily be victims of scammers, hackers and identity thieves so it is extremely important to protect them from different types of identity thefts: https://www.idstrong.com/sentinel/why-you-should-watch-out-for-teen-identity-theft/
MyVision.org have developed guidance https://myvision.org/guides/screen-time-guide/ around the negative effects of extended screen time on the eyes, minds, and bodies of children, covering:
-Problems screens can cause
-How to develop screen time rules
-Suggested screen time limits by age
-Teaching and encouraging digital literacy, and more.
“How To Keep Your Kids Safe In The Online World” from mycomforthaven is a useful compendium of advice by their Sarah Johnson, who reached out to many professionals and asked them for advice on how parents can keep their kids safe from digital threats and some tips for kids to be more cautious when they are online. It is US centric, but equally applicable in the UK.
The University of Denver (Bootcamps) have created some useful information on Mobile Banking Safety: How to Know if You Can Trust Your Fintech App
The IvyPanda Blog team have published a “Scams in College and How to Avoid Them” infographic describing various scams directed at college students and the ways to prevent being scammed: https://ivypanda.com/blog/scams-in-college-and-how-to-avoid-them/
What Is Cyberbullying and How to Prevent It is a valuable resource for spotting the signs of, and helping to prevent, cyber bullying.
Router Network have created an anti-bullying guide that is a compilation of resources to help any kids who may be experiencing bullying either online or offline: https://router-network.com/education/anti-bullying-guide
Often cyber bullying victims don’t receive the help they need. This can lead to mental health issues such as social anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm. Sunshine Behavioural Health (USA) have produced a guide: Top Tips for Preventing Cyberbullying.
Another interesting article can be found at https://privacyhq.com/news/all-you-need-to-know-cyberbullying-prevention/
How to spot the signs of bullying at school by Engage Education is a useful guide to help teachers and parents recognise the signs of bullying at school and the harmful impacts it can cause on mental health – and to raise awareness of how to stop bullying.
The New Hampshire (USA) STEM Club for Girls via Hampton Public Library recommend a Nominus publication – ‘Cyber Bullying: A Guide to Internet and Computer Safety’ guide that one of their members discovered: http://www.nominus.com/en/dm/blog/hosting/cyberbullying-a-guide-to-internet-and-computer-safety
Allconnect have written a useful free blog on how to identify and handle online harassment. https://www.allconnect.com/blog/cyberbullying-how-to-identify-and-handle-online-harassment includes detailed infographics on types and signs of cyberbullying, steps on handling online harassment and resources for victims of cyberbullying.
The StudyCorgi blog has written an article (NB: US Centric) about cyberbullying to help raise awareness about what to do and what not to do, how to prevent cyberbullying, and how to deal with it if it has already occurred: https://studycorgi.com/blog/how-to-deal-with-cyberbullying/
Georgia Tech Professional Education boot camps have created a useful article called “Smartphones, screen time, and digital literacy: Research and resources for parents and students”
Digital Divides has issued a series of illuminating reports that provide an overview of the Digital Divides programme, approach, key findings that emerge from the local evidence and makes eight recommendations for addressing digital exclusion in Gloucestershire. https://www.digitaldivides.co.uk/reports
At the height of the pandemic, online education emerged as a leading option to gain new skills. The IvyPanda Blog team has debunked some common misconceptions regarding remote learning here: https://ivypanda.com/blog/misconceptions-and-myths-about-online-learning/. It also includes an infographic with online learning tips for students: https://ivypanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Online-Learning_8.jpg.webp
Resources for schools
https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/posters-stickers-and-e-learning/school-resources/?s=03 The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have produced a suite of school resources for teachers to use when discussing privacy issues and the value of personal data. The lesson plans cover what counts as personal data, why it is valuable and how to keep it safe when using social media. The resources are free to download and use. They have also produced a set of worksheets to facilitate discussion.
Cyber Explorers from UK DSIT is a free cyber security learning platform for 11-14 year olds. Visit cyberexplorers.co.uk to find out more. It includes downloadable lesson plans (40 pages, PDF: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14s0AFB8kRhV6UzNwZ1kqrL2TsuDvmYGX/) and many other helpful resources. Also the Knowledge Hub is here: https://www.cyberexplorers.co.uk/knowledge-hub and accessible Lesson Plans are here: https://www.cyberexplorers.co.uk/knowledge-hub/4116958823490246356
BestColleges Bootcamps have set out some simple, creative coding projects to exercise the practical applications of coding principles. Here is their resource guide to 9 Fun Coding Projects for Beginners to help with coding fundamentals: https://www.bestcolleges.com/bootcamps/guides/fun-coding-projects-beginners/
Internetmatters.org feature online safety resources for teachers for use in the classroom, and to help parents make positive changes to children’s digital lives. Download a parent pack for and watch the videos.
Hello World from Raspberry Pi, Issue 18: Cybersecurity threats are increasing and changing all the time: teaching students how to protect themselves is vital. This issue spans the ethics and legalities of hacking, advice about teaching cybersecurity to primary-school children, and an introduction to quantum cryptography. Also some fantastic ideas for making this topic as hands-on as possible, including through using network robots, using tools and techniques used by real-life penetration testers, and by taking part in a ‘capture the flag’ competition: https://helloworld.raspberrypi.org/issues/18?s=03
Technology and Maths
The Antivirus Guide recently published several complete guides as follows:
- Internet Safety for Kids: The Definitive Guide 
- The Ultimate Social Media Safety Guide for Kids 
- Internet Safety for Teachers: The Ultimate Guide 
- Internet Safety for College Students: The Ultimate Guide 
- The Definitive Guide to Parental Control 
Tutor Bot is a completely free online platform from tutorhunt that offers over 100 customisable maths games for children to practice and improve their maths skills: https://www.tutorhunt.com/tutor-bot/
Some good advice here on security and mobile phones: https://www.cellphonedeal.com/blog/security-and-your-phone-what-are-the-risks-and-how-to-stay-safe
There is some sound advice here too on children and screen-time, and on how to keep your home-office safe and secure: https://www.cablecompare.com/blog/how-to-keep-your-home-office-safe-and-secure and https://www.cablecompare.com/blog/children-and-screen-time
Here’s a guide designed to help parents and others become more aware of the risks they are putting children through by allowing them unsupervised time on the internet – in particular YouTube: https://www.safetydetectives.com/blog/parents-guide-for-safe-youtube-and-internet-streaming-for-kids/
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. Explore one of the six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you’re on a phone, tablet or computer. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
The IvyPanda Blog has an article on AI called “The Future IS Here: How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Your Studies”. The article discusses how artificial intelligence is used in education, and also it offers the best tools for learning: https://ivypanda.com/blog/the-future-is-here-how-artificial-intelligence-can-improve-your-studies/
Shred Station highlight the point that corporate fraud is a danger but people don’t always know how to protect against it. One way is to look at their data protection guides at: https://www.shredstation.co.uk/help-and-advice/download-help-guides/
The following guide offers an overview for anyone considering a future career in cyber security. It covers the experience and qualifications needed, day-to-day responsibilities, potential earnings, and what other roles you could branch into long-term: https://www.coursesonline.co.uk/h/how-to-become-a-cyber-security-expert/
From Northern Ireland, Sync NI – Free cybersecurity courses for NI children aged 11-14
Do you know a future Doctor, Programmer or Engineer? Why not put their skills to the test with 22 exciting and educational packs from CGI’s #STEMfromHome programme! STEM from Home | CGI UK
Cyber Choices: The National Crime Agency (NCA) educates about cyber crime: https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/what-we-do/crime-threats/cyber-crime/cyberchoices
Futurelearn is presently expanding its Coding and Programming offerings with an extended range of free and premium courses. https://www.futurelearn.com/subjects/it-and-computer-science-courses/coding-programming.
Games and fun
The UK’s Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) [previously within Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)] has a published (July 2022) a useful paper mapping informal cyber security initiatives for young people aged 5-19. This is being updated during 2023. Many initiatives, including several of those in these resources listings, are summarised – for example in Appendix 2:
Hiscox have developed an educational card game called “No Phish”, inspired by the fifth annual Hiscox cyber readiness report. The card game has been designed to encourage and promote cyber readiness best practice. A download of information and the cards (to print out) is here: https://www.hiscox.co.uk/business-blog/no-phish-cyber-awareness-card-game
Cyber Security Challenge UK – Schools Programme Information including Lesson Plans Cyber Crisis, a board game that educates and raises awareness of cyber security, whilst bringing the whole family together. Created by one of the finalists in Cyber Centurion VI.
Or jump straight in to this series of fun, interactive online games that help teachers and after school club leaders introduce key concepts in cyber security: https://cybergamesuk.com/ .
One of our Trustees has assembled a number of online games or challenges – try some of them out if you have time as the outcomes may surprise you:
(1) The Canadian Journalism Federation’s website NewsWise features an online game where you guess if something is fake or real. https://doubtit.ca/test-yourself/
(2) Is it Real or Photoshopped? (by Adobe): https://landing.adobe.com/en/na/products/creative-cloud/69308-real-or-photoshop/index.html
(3)Fake or Foto?: https://area.autodesk.com/fakeorfoto
(4)Play “FakeOut” (CIVIX/Newsliteracy.ca): https://newsliteracy.ca/fakeOut
(5) BBC iReporter (you’re a BBC journalist covering breaking news and have to decide whether or not to post things on social media): https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-8760dd58-84f9-4c98-ade2-590562670096
(6) Play “Reality Check” by Media Smarts and learn how to check whether something is fake or real: http://mediasmarts.ca/sites/mediasmarts/files/games/reality-check/index.html#/
(7) University of Akron – Fake News Quiz: https://akron.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2bhqIwpegOtj5yZ
Scratch is good for teaching coding to younger children – it’s a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.
Python is suitable for older children – it is a programming language and can be used on a server to create web applications.
South East Regional Organised Crime Unit’s Cyber Choices team have developed a lesson plan which aims to teach the Computer Misuse Act and highlight career opportunities in Cyber Security https://serocu.police.uk/champions/
Cyber School: Free Cyber Security & Computer Science Education for UK School Pupils. Free to attend, live & online cyber security school for UK school pupils.
Cybersecurityguide.org have some example student-centred guides that students might be interested in. Although US centric, the content is more widely relevant and is free to access with no paywalls:
- Student guide to internet safety – https://cybersecurityguide.org/resources/internet-safety/
- Cybersecurity Online Programs –https://cybersecurityguide.org/online/
- A complete guide to math in cybersecurity – https://cybersecurityguide.org/resources/math-in-cybersecurity/
- Cybersecurity Careers Guide – https://cybersecurityguide.org/careers/
Had enough of cyber? Take a look at these interesting links from museums and more:
Family Days Tried and Tested https://www.familydaystriedandtested.com/
Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace with over 100,000 courses and 24 million students. Learn programming, marketing, data science and more.
The IvyPanda Blog team have published a “College Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Parents” article which focuses on the advice that can help students with disabilities successfully navigate their higher education: https://ivypanda.com/blog/college-guide-for-students-with-disabilities-and-their-parents/
Newsround Keeping children up to date with the world around them – creating opportunities to talk about the news with children www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
A thorough guide to working productively and happily from home, from StudyCorgi: https://studycorgi.com/blog/being-productive-at-home/
And another useful article from StudyCorgi called “How to Do a Digital Detox in 2023: the Ultimate Guide”. It explains what a digital detox is, the importance and reasons why people might need it, why and how to do it effectively, and how to return to the online world smoothly: https://studycorgi.com/blog/how-to-do-a-digital-detox/
Custom-Writing have published an article called “How to Deal with FOMO in College [and Turn It into JOMO]” which explains how to understand if you have a fear of missing out and describes excellent behavioural strategies for getting rid of it: https://custom-writing.org/blog/how-to-deal-with-fomo-in-college
General resources for maths and science pupils
Top Marks – www.topmarks.co.uk
Dragon Box (Paid App) – www.dragonbox.com
Bee Bot App for Computing (Free App) – https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bee-bot/id500131639
Times Table Rockstars (Paid App) – https://ttrockstars.com
Cbeebies – Numberblocks – www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks
Explorify for Science – www.explorify.wellcome.ac.uk
ICT Games – For Literacy and Maths – www.ictgames.co.uk
Prodigy Maths (Free App) – www.prodigygame.com
BBC Supermovers Interactive videos to support with KS1 and KS1 maths, Literacy, PHSE and PE Learning. Great for times tables as well as videos that are ‘just for fun’ www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
Mindfulness and physical activity
Smiling Mind Short audio sessions to help with mindfulness https://app.smilingmind.com.au
Cosmic Yoga Yoga videos designed for kids aged 3+ www.youtube.com/user/cosmickidsyoga
Go – Noodle – Youtube (More Videos on their Website) Hundreds of ‘braincercise’ , dancing, strength and mindfulness videos www.youtube.com/user/gonoodlegames/featured
Premier League Stars Videos and activities to support with Maths, Literacy PSHE and PE www.plprimarystars.com
Phonics Play – www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm
Phonics Bloom – www.phonicsbloom.com
Letters and Sounds – www.letters-and-sounds.com
Cbeebies-Alphablocks – www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks
Teach your monster to read (Website is Free – Paid App) – www.teachyourmonstertoread.com
Oxford Owl – www.oxfordowl.co.uk
Reading Teach Handwriting – Cursive Practice – www.teachhandwriting.co.uk
Vooks – Storybooks brought to life – www.vooks.com