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Be Internet Legends

For a long time I have been a huge fan of SWGFL's Digital Literacy Curriculum resources and continue to be so. From a primary school viewpoint, they are a great starting point for ensuring whole school coverage of digital literacy and citizenship in age-appropriate ways, and staff generally like the out of the box resources and lesson plans which can be adapted accordingly.

I was recently introduced to Google's new 'Be Internet Legends' scheme of work. Aimed primarily at Key Stage 2 (but looks like it can be adapted down or up pretty easily), the scheme of work has been developed by Google and Parent Zone, along with PSHE Association and Internet Matters which, in their own words, is a "multi-faceted programme designed to teach children the skills they need to be safe and confident online."

There are lesson plans and resources, all themed around 5 main pillars:

  • Think Before You Share (Be Internet Sharp)
  • Check it’s For Real (Be Internet Alert) 
  • Protect Your Stuff (Be Internet Secure) 
  • Respect Each Other (Be Internet Kind) 
  • When in Doubt, Discuss (Be Internet Brave)
There's also a browser-based game called Interland which accompanies the curriculum resources, which has gamified learning about online safety in an interactive and fun way. The teacher pack also contains template letters for parents, codes of conducts and certificates.

It's early days at the moment, but I think this will be a great addition to a school's arsenal of online safety and digital citizenship resources. Especially for those staff who are looking for additional lesson resources or aren't confident in the digital world themselves.

As always when new schemes of work are produced, the challenge I'm sure will be how this fits into what school already has. Be Internet Legends is ready to go and use in class - do we slide it in alongside what we already do, go all in with this new one or somehow create a hybrid version of the two... At this early stage it certainly looks a very well resourced scheme for Year 5 and 6, with Year 3 and 4 also able to benefit. Interland has gamified the learning in a fun way and will be a useful classroom addition (and can be integrated into Google Classroom and added to the Chromebook taskbar).

Personally, if I was a current Year 5 or 6 teacher, or responsible for whole school online safety, I think I would be trying it alongside what I am already using this year, with the possibility of going 'all-in' next year if all goes well.

It's Google. It's Parent Zone. Both heavy hitters in the online safety world - so I expect it to be well thought out and deal with current online safety issues. Watch this space for further feedback as we start seeing it used in schools.

The scheme of work can be downloaded here or via the Parent Zone website here and as always if you are working in a DRET school you can get in touch with the eLearning team for any help or support.


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