Lesson 1: Using the internet safely

Learning what the internet is and how we can use it safely. Knowing what to do when someone says something unkind online. Children create their own ‘Online safety top tips booklet’ for keeping safe online

Learning objective

  • To know what the internet is and how to use it safely

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school  
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Get the children to practice the rhyme from ‘Childnet – Smartie the penguin’, adding hand actions they have invented themselves will help reinforce the key points. Ask them to draw the main points of the rhyme on their booklet with minimal sentences.


Pupils working at greater depth: Children should list some of the things that they use the internet for and write a short set of rules for when they are accessing them outside of school.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Donna Rawling,  
Computing specialist
Donna has worked in Primary Education for over 16 years, specialising in Computing for the last eight. A CAS Master Teacher and Community Host, Code Club,  NCCE and Barefoot Computing facilitator, Donna is passionate about pupils’ access to Computing and…
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