Childnet have updated their EYFS and KS1 resource, “Smartie the Penguin” to reflect how young children today are using technology. The resource is an e-Safety story for 3 to 7 year olds which follows the adventures of Smartie the Penguin as he uses his new tablet and learns how to be safe on the internet with help from the grown ups in his life and indeed the children listening to the story.
Smartie covers 3 themes for EYFS and KS1 children:
- Pop ups and in app purchasing
- Inappropriate websites for older children
The resource contains a fun song to help children remember how to keep safe and is supported with lesson plans, presentations (which vary based on age) and recommended discussion content.
Smartie contains a range of age appropriate issues and content for EYFS and KS1 children and is an ideal way for early years settings and schools to ensure that even the youngest children are learning about keeping safe online as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.