Lesson 2: How do I keep my things safe online?

Learning how passwords can be used to protect information, accounts and devices; giving examples of what is meant by ‘private’ and 'keeping things private'; explaining some rules for keeping personal information private (e.g. creating and protecting passwords).

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To know how to keep things safe and private online

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Can focus on one element such as changing a letter in their name to a number and adding a special character when creating a password.


Pupils working at greater depth: Instead of using the  Activity: Personal and private information ask the pupils to generate their own lists.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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Sarah Vaughan,  
Computing specialist
Sarah has 13 years of experience teaching in a primary school and leading computing.   She now works as a Subject Matter Expert for the NCCE across the East Midlands. In this role, she supports primary schools with bespoke training…
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