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Surfing Safely

Navigating the internet with secure steps




AGE 07


30 MIN


Students will be able to:

  • Identify safe and unsafe websites for children.

  • Understand and apply basic rules for safe internet browsing.

  • Recognise the importance of asking for permission before accessing new content online.


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Teacher's Guide

Overview for Teachers

This lesson aims to teach young students about safe internet browsing, distinguishing between child-appropriate and inappropriate websites, and understanding the basic rules of internet safety.

Slide 1

Welcome students to the lesson and briefly explain that today’s lesson is about surfing the internet safely.

Slide 2

Share the lesson objectives of what students will be learning today.

Slide 3

Ask students about their uses of the internet to engage them and assess their prior knowledge. Students of this age are often already exposed to screen time (such as watching YouTube videos or playing games), but they might not understand the concept of the internet.

Slide 4

Explain the term "safe browsing" and its importance for protecting personal information online.

Slide 5

Compare the internet to a theme park with different areas, some safe and others not, to simplify the concept of internet navigation.

Slide 6

Discuss examples of child-friendly websites and caution against sites not suitable for kids, stressing the importance of adult permission before exploring new sites.

Slide 7

Using the analogy of the theme park, explain how some areas of the internet are designed for kids their age. Give examples of age-appropriate apps and ask students to share the apps they might already be using at home.

Slide 8

Explain the idea that there are places online that children should stay away from, which is why it’s important to always ask a parent or teacher for permission before visiting new websites or apps.

Slide 9

Introduce basic internet safety rules: 

  • Ask for permission: Always ask a parent or teacher first if a website or app is safe for you.

  • Be careful what you click on: Not all pictures or buttons are safe - some might take you to unsafe areas. 

  • Don’t talk to strangers: Don’t reply to messages from strangers and tell a parent or teacher immediately.

Slide 10

Conduct an interactive quiz where students have to determine whether something is safe to play or not safe (stay away).

Slide 11

Ask students to vote using a thumbs up/down response.

Slide 12-13

Read the question and ask students to vote. 

Reveal the answer and explain that an app for 13+ year olds means they are too young to play.

Slide 14-15

Read the question and ask students to vote. 

Reveal the answer and discuss that YouTube Kids is a safe place to find suitable content for kids their age.

Slide 16-17

Read the question and ask students to vote. 

Reveal the answer and explain that educational apps that teaches math are safe to play.

Slide 18-19

Read the question and ask students to vote. 

Reveal the answer and emphasise that news websites are for adults because it may contain worrying or confusing information for children.

Slide 20

Facilitate a reflection on the day's learning, inviting students to share their insights and how they plan to apply the lessons.

Slide 21

Summarise important safety tips, reminding students to always navigate the web with caution and seek guidance from adults.

Slide 22

Congratulate the students for their thoughtful participation and remind them of the importance of surfing safely online.


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