Book Corner - Online Safety Books KS2

Are you looking for some new online safety teaching resources? Have you considered looking in the bookshop? There is a growing body of literature for children and young people that addresses a plethora of online safety issues often in an engaging and amusing way.

KS2 – Storybooks with Strong Online Safety Messages - English and Online Safety




The Cyber Spying Glass - A.M. Marcus & Elisa Bindi

Eric and Kelly show us a place where we must pay very close attention to the clues presented in order to stay safe. Although the Internet may appear to be a place of wonder and curiosity, Eric and Kelly show us that it can also be a very dangerous place.




The Diary of Elle series - Nina Du Thaler

Through the series pupils will learn about internet safety, cyberbullying, social media and online presence through fictional stories.





Tek The Modern Cave Boy- Patrick McDonnell

Tek tells the story of a caveboy in love with tech: his tablet, video games, phone, and TV keep him deep in his cave, glued to his devices, day in and day out. He never sees his friends or family anymore – and his ability to communicate has devolved to just one word: “UGH”! Can anyone in the village convince Tek to unplug and come outside into the big, beautiful world?

Tek is a tablet-shaped book that explores the need to balance technology use with ‘real world’ activities.  Tek can help explore the need for children to balance internet use with offline world fun. It can be used to discuss using technology responsibly and the need for children to explore the world both on and offline



Nerdy Birdy Tweets - Aaron Arnold

Nerdy Birdy and his best friend, Vulture, are very different. Nerdy Birdy loves video games, but Vulture finds them BORING. Vulture loves snacking on dead things, but Nerdy Birdy finds that GROSS. Luckily, you don't have to agree on everything to still be friends. One day, Nerdy Birdy joins Tweetster, and the friend requests start flying in. Vulture watches as Nerdy Birdy gets swept up in his new friendships, but when she finally gets angry, Nerdy Birdy knows just what to do to make things right.




Hello! - Matthew Cordell

Outside the world is bright and colourful, but Lydia's family is too busy with their gadgets to notice. She says Hello to everyone. Hello? Hello! Her father says hello while texting, her mother says hello while working on her laptop and her brother doesn't say hello at all. The T.V shouts Hello! But she doesn't want to watch any shows. Lydia, now restless, ventures outside. There are so many things to say hello to! Hello, rocks! Hello, leaves! Hello, flowers! When Lydia comes back home she decides to show her family what she has found, and its hello world and goodbye gadgets!

The first episode "Online Gaming" in a series of Safety Online books. 9-year-old Mac loves playing games online on his game console, but one day all isn't as it should be! Meet SOL, the lovable husky who saves the day!


Book Corner - Online Safety Books Early Years & KS1

Children have an innate love of stories and what better way to teach them about the importance of online safety. There is a growing body of literature for young children that address a plethora of online safety issues often in an engaging and amusing way.

Early Years and KS1 – Storybooks with Strong Online Safety Messages - Combine story time, English and Online Safety

CHicken Clicking Chicken Clicking - Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross

One night Chick hops onto the farmer's house and has a browse on his computer - CLICK - soon she's shopping online for the whole farm! But when she arranges to meet up with a friend she's made online, she discovers all is not as it seems...

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Troll Stinks - Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross

Billy Goat and his best friend Cyril are messing about with the farmer's mobile phone, taking selfies and playing games... until they find the number for a troll. Their Grandpa Gruff says trolls are bad, so Billy and Cyril decide to get their own back by sending mean messages. After all, trolls really do stink! Don't they?


Penguinpig - Stuart Spendlow & Amy Bradley

Penguinpig is the highly-acclaimed story about a little girl who reads of an exciting creature known as a Penguinpig on the Internet. Filled with delight and intrigue, she decides that she must go and find one.

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Once Upon A Time Online – David Bedford

Once upon a time, a laptop arrived in Fairytale Land ... A happily ever after is only a click away! Find out what happens when our favourite fairy-tale characters receive a laptop and learn a lesson in online safety.


Webster’s Technology Books – Hannah Whaley

A series of four charming rhyming stories (Webster’s Email, Webster’s Friends, Webster’s Manners and Webster’s Bedtime) that address different internet issues.


SOL Safety Online: Featuring the Hero Husky: SOL (Online Gaming Book 1)

The first episode "Online Gaming" in a series of Safety Online books. 9-year-old Mac loves playing games online on his game console, but one day all isn't as it should be! Meet SOL, the lovable husky who saves the day!


Computing Lesson Ideas

Over the next few months we’ll be pulling together a collection of easy, fun activities that will help your pupils developing their understanding of the computer science aspects of the Computing curriculum:

Year 5/6 Algorithm Magic - Algorithms and Debugging

Lesson plan

 Algorithm Magic presentation


Year2/3 Algorithms and implementing Algorithms - Mission to Mars (two lessons) 

Lesson plans


Robot Code Library

Anti-Virus Protection - Do your devices need it?

What is AV (Anti-Virus) Software

Anti-virus software, also known as anti-malware, is a computer program used to prevent, detect, and remove malware. Malware is any computer programme designed to spy, steal, open backdoors and do harm or damage to a computer operating system, data or user.

Do I need it?

Sadly, if your device connects to the internet or any other devices you definitely need AV software.

Anti-virus and anti-malware should be chosen wisely. Running AV/AM software is always a trade-off between “snail-speeds” and “good-performance” even on brand new devices. Finding the balance between user frustration, security, productivity, and the price is an important decision for any organization. 

But whether or not your school needs to buy AV software depends on the type of device and OS (operating system) you use, whether the device is connected to other devices (including external drives and removable media) and to some extent, the online behaviour of your users.

Windows PCs and laptops

Some new PCs and laptops come with purchasable AV software preloaded. Usually, the software is a time-limited, trial version and you will be prompted to subscribe for further protection.

However, if your PC or laptop uses Windows 10 OS it has Windows Defender built in. Windows Defender is free AV software that works seamlessly in the background. There’s no need for the users to do anything.  Windows Defender provides sufficient protection for most school PCs/laptops.

Apple Devices

iOS, the Apple operating system was designed to be as secure as possible.  It only allows Apps to be downloaded from the App Store and all apps on the App store undergo rigorous security checks before they are allowed into the App Store. There is virtually no chance of an app containing a virus.

There are no AV apps in the App store because Apple maintains that they are not necessary. If you search the App Store for ‘anti-virus’ you will find a number of apps listed but these are not AV products. They provide safe/private web browsers, password managers, anti-theft alarms and or other similar products.

If your Apple device has been jailbroken you lose the inbuilt security that the iOS provides.

Android devices

Generally speaking, you don’t need AV but if you are installing apps outside of Google Play, installing an Android antivirus app is one way to keep yourself safe.

For more information see this Tech Advisor article 

Chrome books

No anti-virus software is needed. Chromebooks come with built-in malware anti-virus protection, with multiple layers of security. The AV protection stays up-to-date automatically, so you are always running the latest and most secure version. Chrome manages your updates silently in the background.

Anti-virus software and servers

Windows Server 2016 has inbuilt Windows Defender. Older server operating systems do not have an integrated AV. If you decide that you need AV for your server, talk to your tech support provider.

Anti-virus software is on one part of a school’s technical security arrangements. Using supported versions of operating systems, allowing regular updates and applying patches is also necessary.

And finally, it’s also important to remember that people play a huge part in system security. Your hardware/software choices are responsible for about 40% of your system security. The other 60% is down to the human factor. Most security breaches are the result of poor user behaviour – downloading infecting attachments, falling for ‘phising scams’, activating malware by clicking links in dodgy emails etc.

( See related articles Cyber Security Protecting Your School  and Ransomware )

Schools should equip their staff with at least basic security training and carry out short surveys during the year to assess security and, if necessary, invest in additional professional training.



Myths and Legends

Myths and Legends is one of E2BN’s most loved sites. The site features over 40 animated and narrated myths and legends from around the world. Each myth is also available as text and is accompanied by a number of high-resolution photographs of places and objects associated with the story which can be downloaded and used to create wall displays or can be put into presentations.

Where does it fit in?


Year 3 and Year 4 Programme of Study requires pupils to become familiar with a wide range of stories including myths and legends. Go to myths to watch and listen to a wide selection of myths and legends. As well as an abundance of English myths and legends there are also a number of stories from around the world. Hear how Finn MacCool, builder of the Giant’s Causeway, hid whilst his clever wife outsmarted the enormous Scottish giant, Brenandonner. Or compare the African myth Kaang’s People with the Chinese story, The Black Egg. There are also stories from Norway, Ghana, Germany, Russia and the Sioux Nation.


The History Programme of Study requires pupils to study the Ancient Greeks in Key Stage 2. Greeks myths give an insight into the achievements and culture of Ancient Greece. The Myths site has professionally animated and narrated versions of ‘Arachne the Spinner’, ‘Daedalus and Icarus’, ‘Pandora’s Box’ and ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’. Children will love listening to and watching these stories.

Sample Lesson plan based on Theseus and The Minotaur

Lesson Plan Resources:

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