There has been an increasing number of requests for internet safety presentations and resources for Nursery, Reception and KS1 aged children, and therefore Childnet International have developed a set of resources to support settings in talking about being safe online with young children who are increasingly exposed to technology at a very early age.
The resources have been produced as part of the UK Safer Internet Centre and, The Early Surfers’ Zone is now live within the “I work with Kids” section of Childnet International’s Kidsmart website and can be found at http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/teachers/ks1/.
The Early Surfers’ Zone is designed for the parents, carers and educators of 3-7 year olds, to help introduce young children to the idea of internet safety, in an age-appropriate, fun and engaging way. The site introduces the character of Smartie the Penguin, who learns to be safe online, by asking his family for help whenever anything happens to make him feel upset, confused or worried.
The resources include a new printable E-book, accompanying questions for discussion (for parents / carers / staff who are reading the story), a lesson plan with relevant curriculum links, and subsequent follow-up activity ideas for children to complete at home. There is also an art gallery for children to submit their posters and creative work.