Safer Internet Day – Primary years
Did you know? 1 in 5 young people reported being abused, threatened or socially excluded online.
eSafety resources can help you start the chat with your students about being safer online, then keep building their digital skills throughout the year.
Steps to start the chat
You will find lots of ideas, resources, lessons and activities for primary school students by clicking on the tabs below.
Plan an online safety lesson
eSafety encourages every class in Australia to plan an online safety lesson. Select one of these activities or use our resources to create your own!
Virtual Classroom webinars – middle and upper primary
The whole class participates in a live video lesson with a trainer. The trainer talks through PowerPoint slides and students complete a worksheet during the presentation. There are optional follow-up activities.
Classroom learning experiences – all ages
- Use the new Online Safety Classroom Agreement to discuss and decide how digital technology will be used in your classroom or school.
- Download the Be secure education suite to teach critical thinking, device safety and more.
- Play the Be secure memory game or The Lost summer video game.
- Run a class discussion using the Making good choices online slide deck.
- Run a class discussion about the Top 5 online safety tips for kids, then display the poster in your classroom as a reminder throughout the year.
- Use the eSafety Kids conversation starters to get your class talking about online issues and ways to stay safer online – you could even set a homework task for students to play the game with their family.
- Use eSafety’s Kids pages to guide students through issues such as online bullying, gaming and fake news.
- Find out more about the latest apps and games your students are using with The eSafety Guide.
- Use the Being Safe Online booklet to deliver key online safety advice in Easy Read format – it's great for very young and low-literacy students.
- Take a deep dive into the eSafety Education pages of our website – you will find a range of award-winning videos and other education resources for all stages, to use on Safer Internet Day and throughout the year.
Something special for Foundation to Year 2
- Read the eSafety Early Years picture book Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5 to your class – there's a read-along video too!
- Sing My Family Rules Song by Lah-Lah – there's a sing-along video too!
- Play the Swoosh and Glide story puzzles.
Advanced concepts for upper primary
- Discuss our new research report Digital Lives of Aussie Teens.
Online safety at the click of a link
- Our new Quick Links for interactive devices puts online safety advice and classroom resources at your fingertips.
Review school online safety
Have you reviewed your school's approach to online safety recently, including all your practices and procedures? There's no better time to do it than now!
Check eSafety's Toolkit for Schools
- Use the Toolkit for Schools to check your practices and procedures are evidence-based and up-to-date, so you can prevent and respond to online safety issues.
- Conduct a Student voice survey of school community attitudes to online safety using our resource in the Toolkit for Schools.
Encourage student commitment
Use the new Online Safety Classroom Agreement to discuss and decide how digital technology will be used in your classrooms or school, then review and renew the agreements through the year.
Find online safety advice at the click of a link
Bookmark the Quick Links for interactive devices, so you always have online safety advice at your fingertips.
Keep parents informed
Tell your parents and wider community about the tips and resources available at eSafety.gov.au, including:
- free, live webinars for parents and carers
- Parents pages, covering topics from dealing with tech tantrums through to how to start hard-to-have conversations about personal issues
- Tech trends and challenges pages, looking at the latest digital developments and what they mean for online safety
- Research pages, including our new report Digital Lives of Aussie Teens.