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7 Great Resources to Keep Kids Safe Online from Google’s New ‘Be Internet Legends’ Programme

Bring your internet safety up to speed with Google's new one-stop shop for keeping kids protected when using the web

  • 7 Great Resources to Keep Kids Safe Online from Google’s New ‘Be Internet Legends’ Programme

Making sure children get the full benefits of our connected online world, while protecting them from all kinds of content and threats is a fine line to walk.

And the internet moves so fast it’s hard to keep up. Whether it’s identity theft, fake news, cyberbullying, phishing scams or just inappropriate content there’s always something to keep an eye on.

Thankfully, Google is taking this kind of thing seriously with it’s new site full of information and resources for schools and students to educate children in responsible internet use.

It’s been created in association with Parentzone, The PSHE Association and Internet Matters too, to ensure that every element of the programme addresses things that families and teachers need to know.

Check out the Be Internet Legends site here, and check out the resources below.

1 | Scheme of work

The Be Internet Legends Scheme of Work gives teachers the tools and methods they need to teach internet safety. The materials developed by Google in partnership with Parent Zone enable teachers to bring the most important information – and the excitement of Interland – into the classroom.

Included in the scheme of work are lesson plans for the five pillars, with activities and worksheets designed to complement Interland. And all elements of the scheme of work:

  • Work alongside the national curriculum
  • Require no personal information or login details
  • Can be used across devices
  • Are free for everyone

You can order your free copy of the teaching resources through the Parent Zone website.

Otherwise, you can download the Google scheme of work as a PDF here.

2 | Lesson posters

Download and print a colourful daily reminder of the five pillars of the Internet Legends Code.

Get them all here.

3 | Interland

Interland is an adventure-packed online game that makes learning about internet safety interactive and fun – just like the internet itself.

Here, children will help their fellow Internauts combat badly-behaved hackers, phishers, oversharers and bullies by practising the skills that they need to be confident online explorers.

Click here to play Interland.

4 | Google for Education teacher training course

It’s easy to teach digital literacy skills to pupils of all ages with the new Google for Education Digital Citizenship and Safety module, available worldwide.

Visit Google’s Teacher Training Centre here.

5 | Be Internet Legends certificate and badges

Proof of Internet Legend status comes in the form of an official certificate and badge for each lesson.

There is a PDF certificate, and five badges which are all GIFs, so don’t be confused if your Windows PC looks like it’s downloaded a set of identical blank squares. They do work, you just need a programme that recognises GIFs (you can open them in Google Chrome for example).

Download it all here.

6 | Internaut papercraft activity template

Once the kids have had fun playing Interland, this hands-on paper activity lets the Internauts come off the screen and into real life. This printable PDF comes in four colours so students can cut out and create by simply folding and gluing each one.

Download and print here.

7 | Get families involved

A family commitment to being safe and confident online starts at home and is reinforced with a pledge to practise being an Internet Legend – sharp, alert, secure, kind and brave – when online.

This PDF is a family pledge certificate to get everyone on board with being safe online.

Download it here.

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