The making of Be Internet Legends
Google and Parent Zone worked together to create Be Internet Legends – a free internet safety resource for primary schools. Qualified teacher and Parent Zone writer Marjun Ziarati talks about our work on the project.
Last year, Google asked more than 200 teachers in the UK about their experience with online safety in the classroom. Most of the teachers they spoke to said they didn't feel they had the necessary resources to teach online safety to pupils. And, 99% of them felt that online safety should be part of the curriculum.
Google approached Parent Zone for our expertise in internet safety and experience working with schools, helping families manage the challenges and opportunities that the online world brings. Together, we developed an engaging internet safety resource for primary school teachers to use with their Key Stage 2 pupils: Be Internet Legends.
The programme consists of PSHE Association accredited lesson plans and teaching resources, a touring assembly roadshow and an interactive online game - Interland.
The curriculum is based around five internet safety pillars:
Be Internet Sharp: Think Before You Share
Be Internet Alert: Check it’s For Real
Be Internet Secure: Protect Your Stuff
Be Internet Kind: Respect Each Other
Be Internet Brave: When in Doubt, Discuss
The scheme of work has met the required standards for PSHE Association Accreditation.
Throughout the process, Parent Zone worked closely with the PSHE Association, the national body for Personal, Social and Health Education, to ensure lesson plans met the required standards for PSHE Association accreditation. The accreditation process required detailed lesson plans with clear learning objectives and outcomes, differentiated activities, support sheets, extension activities and key vocabulary definitions for each internet safety pillar.
ʻWe took over 1,000 orders of the curriculum in the week it was launched...ʼ
The result? A full scheme of work with separate lesson plans for 7-9 year-olds and 9-11 year-olds, written by qualified teachers with expertise in online safety. Although full lessons are provided, the resource has been designed so that teachers can pick and choose activities depending on time available. Each pillar has engaging classroom-based activities, discussion questions and a free web-based game called Interland teaching the key lessons of internet safety through four fun, challenging online adventures.
The scheme of work has been a collaborative effort and we are all very excited now that we have seen the finished product. We took over 1,000 orders of the curriculum in the first week it was launched and that's when many schools were closed due to the snow!
'Be Internet Legends delivers important messages in a fun and interactive way'
Google and Parent Zone have also been working hard to create a fun and engaging internet safety assembly. The Be Internet Legends assembly includes characters from the Interland game and delivers key internet safety messages from each pillar in the curriculum. A lot of work has been put into perfecting the script, making sure it delivers important messages in a fun and interactive way. Pupils can get involved in the assembly waving their 'Interhands' in the air and taking part in fun challenges. The enthusiastic Be Internet Legends team has been training hard to make sure they are ready to impress! They have now hit the road, visiting primary schools all over the UK to deliver this exciting assembly.
It has been such a fantastic project to work on and it is great to see, and experience, all the hard work that goes into making this a valuable resource for primary schools. Now, we are looking forward to seeing the assemblies in full-swing and hearing from teachers who use the scheme of work with their own pupils to help them Be Internet Legends!