At Telford Junior School we are committed to helping keep children safe when online in school, as well as teaching them some key online safety messages for them to use any time they are online. We also want to support families to keep children safe at home when using technology.
USEFUL ONLINE SAFETY LINKS
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Each class voted for two children to represent them on the Computer Squad. We meet several times a term. The children assisted in ordering the new computers for the ICT suite and classrooms. Ahead of Internet Safety day the children got to preview resources that would be used. Squad members helped launch this year's online safety competition based on the mnemonic TELFORD. The winners were announced at the end of February and the winning posters are on display. Congratulations to all the winners!
Online Safety Books Suitable for Key Stage One and Two
Penguinpig - Stuart Spendlow & Amy Bradley
Penguinpig is a story about a little girl who finds out about a magical creature online but her parents are too busy to help her so she sets off to find one. Penguinpig is a rhyming book which explores the issues of reliability online and the need to be aware that not everything online is true! Penguinpig can be used to discuss the issue of reliability and trust online with children. The main message within Penguinpig is that sometimes people use the internet to lie or trick other people and strongly emphasises that children should always check content with a trusted adult.
Troll Stinks - Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross
Billy Goat and his best friend Cyril are messing about with the farmer’s mobile phone, taking selfies and playing games… until they find the number for a troll. Their Grandpa Gruff says trolls are bad, so Billy and Cyril decide to get their own back by sending mean messages. After all, trolls really do stink! Don’t they? This story is a 21st century version of the “Billy Goat’s Gruff” fairy story, a familiar tale for both adults and children and provides opportunities for discussion about keeping safe online. Troll Stinks can be used to discuss issues such as cyberbullying, being kind online and taking/sharing pictures.
Chicken Clicking - Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross
Chicken Clicking explores the story of a little chick that sneaks into the farmer’s house at night and buys herself and her farmyard friends lots of gifts. Chicken Clicking also uses the internet to go online and meet a new friend but all is not as it seems! This story is a 21st century version of the “Chicken Licken” fairy story, a familiar tale for both adults and children and provides opportunities for discussion about keeping safe online. Chicken Clicking can be used to discuss issues such as password safety, supervision, posting personal information, taking/sharing photos, meeting online friends and trust/reliability.
Monkey Cow- Stuart Spendlow and Amy Bradley
A follow-up to Penguin Pig, Monkeycow explores password safety. When a little girl creates the most delicious chocolate cake imaginable for the summer fair, she hides it in a top-secret underground base with a password for the door. Filled with delight, she makes her way around the town spreading the news and sharing the password with some locals. However, little does she know the disaster that is soon to strike…
The Internet is like a Puddle – Shona Innes and Irisz Anocs
“The internet is like a puddle” uses the analogy of a puddle to explore both the fun and positive side of the internet but also to help children understand that there are often hidden risks below the surface. The book emphasises the importance of adults helping children to keep safe but also encourages children to listen to their gut instinct when something doesn’t feel right or safe online. The Internet is a like a Puddle can be used to discuss issues such as seeing upsetting content and talking to an adult.
Webster’s Email – Hannah Whaley
This is a rhyming story that explores the idea of sharing content online and how quickly things can be shared. Webster the little spider emails a funny picture of his sister but it quickly is forwarded to lots of people and throughout the book, children can count how many people end up seeing the picture. This book encourages children to be aware that once a picture has been shared online, it can’t’ always be removed and it is very hard to control. Webster’s Email can be used to discuss email etiquette, over sharing, being kind online, taking/sharing photos, meeting strangers online and using technology responsibly.
Webster’s Bedtime - Hannah Whaley
Webster’s Bedtime is a rhyming story which explores the need for us all to switch off from screens and internet, especially at bedtime. The story acknowledges that this is often easier said than done and enables children to think about the impact technology can have. Webster’s Bedtime can be used to discuss using technology responsibly, screen time, balanced use, gaming and using mobile phones and tablets responsibly.
Webster’s Friend - Hannah Whaley
Webster’s friend is a rhyming story that explores the idea of making an online friend. Webster the spider meets a new online friend who he wants to impress but he isn’t honest about who he is. Things taking a surprising turn when Webster’s new friend wants to meet him! Webster’s Friend introduces the concept of online friends to young children and highlights the fact that anyone can lie online due to the anonymity of the internet. Webster’s friend can be used to discuss meeting strangers online, gaming, reliability, trust, speaking to an adult and using technology responsibly.
Webster’s Manners – Helen Whaley
Webster learns about a new set of manners, helping him to be polite with technology and take care of his favourite gadgets and toys. However, the cheeky spider soon turns the tables on his daddy and makes him agree to the same rules! Told in a rhyming pattern, Webster’s Manners humorously helps children learn about responsible use of technology, while reminding grown-ups that they can lead by example.
Dot – Randi Zuckerberg and Joe Berger
Dot explores the story of a little girl called Dot who is very good at using technology. Dot knows how to tap, swipe and share online, but seems to have forgotten how to do things in the world – she then has fun exploring all the ways she can tap, swipe and share offline.
It’s a Book – Lane Smith
It’s a Book explores the role of books in a digital age via a humorous discussion between an IT-savvy donkey, a book-loving ape and a mouse. It’s a Book can be used to discuss using technology safely and responsibly and also the different ways children can read and have fun both on and offline.
When Charlie McButton Lost Power – Suzanne Collins and Mike Lester
Charlie McButton explores the story of a little boy who likes computer games so much he never plays with anything the else. When a thunderstorm knocks out the electricity his tech empire comes tumbling down. Charlie needs batteries fast the only ones he can find are in his little sisters talking doll. Will he resort to desperate measures and cause his sister to have a meltdown of her own or will he snap out of his computer craze long enough to realize his sister might be fun even if she doesn’t come with batteries?! When Charlie McButton Lost Power can be used to explore addiction and gaming and the need for children to balance technology with offline fun. The book can be used to discuss empathy, using technology responsibly (including screen time) and the need for children to explore and relationships both on and offline.
Little Bird’s Internet Security Adventure – Jim Mercado and Siobhan MacDermott
Little Bird is the story of a bird who wants to wish her grandma a happy birthday over the computer. With the help of her parents, Little Bird has learned how to be safe online but her animal friends haven’t been so lucky and they need her help. Little bird shares her knowledge with them along her journey home. Little Bird can be used to discuss how to deal with pop-ups, requests for personal information, online bullies and spam websites, as well as the reinforcing the need for children to speak to a trusted adult if they encounter something online that makes them feel worried, sad or uncomfortable.
Episode One Online Gaming - Ria Cairns
The first episode "Online Gaming" in a series of Safety Online books. 9-year-old Mac loves playing games online on his game console, but one day all isn't as it should be! Meet SOL, the lovable husky who saves the day!
The Cyber Spying Glass – A.M. Marcus
Eric and Kelly show us a place where we must pay very close attention to the clues presented in order to stay safe. Although the Internet may appear to be a place of wonder and curiosity, Eric and Kelly show us that it can also be a very dangerous place.
The Diary of Elle series - Nina Du Thaler
Through the series pupils will learn about internet safety, cyberbullying, social media and online presence through fictional stories.
Tek The Modern Cave Boy- Patrick McDonnell
Tek tells the story of a caveboy in love with tech: his tablet, video games, phone, and TV keep him deep in his cave, glued to his devices, day in and day out. He never sees his friends or family anymore – and his ability to communicate has devolved to just one word: “UGH”! Can anyone in the village convince Tek to unplug and come outside into the big, beautiful world? Tek is a tablet-shaped book that explores the need to balance technology use with ‘real world’ activities. Tek can help explore the need for children to balance internet use with offline world fun. It can be used to discuss using technology responsibly and the need for children to explore the world both on and offline.
Nerdy Birdy Tweets - Aaron Arnold
Nerdy Birdy and his best friend, Vulture, are very different. Nerdy Birdy loves video games, but Vulture finds them BORING. Vulture loves snacking on dead things, but Nerdy Birdy finds that GROSS. Luckily, you don't have to agree on everything to still be friends. One day, Nerdy Birdy joins Tweetster, and the friend requests start flying in. Vulture watches as Nerdy Birdy gets swept up in his new friendships, but when she finally gets angry, Nerdy Birdy knows just what to do to make things right.
Hello! - Matthew Cordell
Outside the world is bright and colourful, but Lydia's family is too busy with their gadgets to notice. She says Hello to everyone. Hello? Hello! Her father says hello while texting, her mother says hello while working on her laptop and her brother doesn't say hello at all. The T.V shouts Hello! But she doesn't want to watch any shows. Lydia, now restless, ventures outside. There are so many things to say hello to! Hello, rocks! Hello, leaves! Hello, flowers! When Lydia comes back home she decides to show her family what she has found, and its hello world and goodbye gadgets!
Once Upon a Time Online - David Bedford
Once upon a time, a laptop arrived in Fairy-tale land… A happily ever after is only a click away! Find out what happens when our favourite fairy-tale characters receive a laptop and learn a lesson in online safety.
Using popular fairy stories including Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella, the book explores issues such as safe shopping.