Safer Internet Day – Young children
Did you know? 81% of Australian parents with preschoolers say their children use the internet.
So it’s never too early to start the chat about online safety with your children and their families.
You can use eSafety's Early Years tips and resources to encourage basic digital skills in a fun and positive way, helped by young sugar glider twins Swoosh and Glide.
Make a start on Safer Internet Day on 9 February 2021, then keep building good online safety habits throughout the year!
Steps to start the chat
You will find lots of ideas, resources and learning experiences for young children by clicking on the tabs below.
Highlights include the launch of our new Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5 picture book and My Family Rules song by Lah-Lah.
Register your support, download the free resources and get planning!
1. Register your support
Show your support for Safer Internet Day, alongside millions of other people around the world. Let's work together for a better internet!
When you register we can share Safer Internet Day tips with you and let you know as soon as new resources are available, including digital and printed copies of the Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5 picture book and My Family Rules song by Lah-Lah.
2. Download free eSafety resources
Use the Promotion Kit to let your children, families, staff and community know about Safer Internet Day.
- Newsletter insert – to let parents and carers know about Safer Internet Day and our new parent webinar Cyberbullying and online drama. Or print the inserts and hand them out as flyers – two will fit on an A4 page.
- Posters – to promote your Safer Internet Day event and the launch of the Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5 picture book and My Family Rules song by Lah-Lah.
- Social media images – to encourage your community to start the chat about online safety on Safer Internet Day and explore eSafety's resources, including the Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5 picture book and My Family Rules song by Lah-Lah.
- Swoosh and Glide mask templates to colour and cut out with your children.
- Start the chat bubble – to decorate your service or share on social media. By telling the world your service cares about online safety you can encourage others to support online safety too!
New resources – available now!
Use these new resources to help start the chat about online safety with young children:
Find more resources, links and ideas in tab 3. Plan an online safety learning experience.
Safer Internet Day releases – coming soon!
- Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5 picture book – to be released on Safer Internet Day 2021.
- My Family Rules song by Lah-Lah – to be released on Safer Internet Day 2021.
3. Plan an online safety learning experience
eSafety Early Years resources include simple key messages to help young children develop online safety awareness and habits they can take to school and beyond.
The key messages are: Be safe, Be kind, Ask for help and Make good choices.
Meet Swoosh and Glide
- Read the new eSafety Early Years picture book Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5 to your class – there's a read-along video too! To be released on Safer Internet Day 2021.
- Sing My Family Rules Song by Lah-Lah with your children, so they learn the online safety key messages: Be safe, Be kind, Ask for help and Make good choices – there's a sing-along video too! To be released on Safer Internet Day 2021.
- Colour and cut out the Swoosh and Glide mask templates with your class – you can find these in the Promotion Kit at tab 2. Download free eSafety resources.
- Play the Swoosh and Glide story puzzles Available now!
- Use the Online safety teaching posters and educator notes to explain the key messages. Available now!
- Follow the tips in Co-creating an Online Safety Agreement – it's a great way to develop critical thinking and self-regulation skills while encouraging good habits with digital technologies.
- Bookmark the Quick Links for interactive devices so your always have online safety resources and advice at your fingertips.
Share tips and resources with parents
- Encourage your parents and carers to join Safety's free, live webinar – Cyberbullying and online drama. Limited spaces. Sign up now!
- Host a face-to-face or virtual Safer Internet Day event for your community – you could play the book and song launch videos that will be available at 10am (AEDT), get the children to wear their Swoosh and Glide masks while doing the story puzzles, show parents and carers where to find the book and song online and tell them about all the other free online safety advice, support and resources available at esafety.gov.au.
- Tell your community about the online safety key messages – Be safe, Be kind, Ask for help and Make good choices – and give them the link to esafety.gov.au so they can download the song to help young children remember the advice.
- Let the book and song speak for themselves! Re-share eSafety's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts of the read-along and sing-along videos. Include your own message encouraging others to check out the great new Australian online safety resources for young children.
- Continue to remind your parents and carers about the advice, support and resources available at esafety.gov.au, so they can keep up with all the latest online safety messaging and practices, including:
– the Children under 5 page for parents and carers
– a special ABC Play School episode to view with their child and spark a conversation about online safety
– our Family Tech Agreement, with familiar faces from ABC Play School
– advice about How to choose good online content
– lots of other handy information at eSafety Parents.
4. Review your service's online safety
eSafety recognises that early years educators work closely with the families of the children in their care, so we support that important relationship. Together, we can improve the online safety of our youngest Australians!
Check the online safety of your service
- eSafety's Checklist for early learning services will help directors and managers assess and address the risks in your online environment.
Keep your professional learning up-to-date
- eSafety has collaborated with Early Childhood Australia to bring you a series of online professional learning modules that help educators and service leaders develop online safety skills and knowledge.
Online safety at the click of a link
Bookmark the Quick Links for interactive devices, so you always have online safety advice at your fingertips. Available now!