Planning for Safer Internet Day 2023

Jan. 19, 2023

What is Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, and it sees thousands of organisations promoting the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. This year it's held on 7th February, and its theme is 'Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online.'

How can I use Purple Mash on Safer Internet Day?

We've teamed up with ChildNet to host free resources within Purple Mash, including an assembly to introduce the day, and a ChildNet activity pack.


Alongside these, we also have a range of activities for children to complete. Using these resources, you could plan a whole day's worth of lessons:

Ages 3-7:

  1. Begin with the ChildNet Assembly to introduce Safer Internet Day and discuss how the children use the internet.
  2. Undertake a Technology Treasure Hunt to identify types of technology around them.
  3. Organise activities which children enjoy doing in This and That. You can link this with the ChildNet Like Ladder activity.
  4. Get children to think about how much of their time they spend online with our Leisure Time activity.
  5. Read Hanni and the Magic Window and then have children create their own magic window.
  6. Following on from the story, can children create a Helping Hand Leaflet to give Hanni some help?
  7. Think about how Hanni felt in the story with our Emotions Memory Game. Can the children name and describe the emotions?
  8. End the day by encouraging children to think carefully about people who know them in our Relationships activity. This can help lead informative discussions about keeping safe online.

Ages 7-11

  1. Begin with the Assembly by ChildNet.
  2. Create a Mini Milestones Timeline about technological milestones.
  3. Undertake an Internet Use Survey in your class (or year group) to find out more about how other children use the internet.
  4. Finish this activity with Give Me 3 - children share three things they love about the internet and three things they would change.
  5. Children can complete an App Review about an app they have used.
  6. Spend time drafting a debate and host it in your classroom with Pick a Side - Is being online good or bad?
  7. From the debate, can the class now create an information sheet about Who To Talk To if they are concerned about something online, and a Safer Internet Charter?

Remember: Many of these activities can be downloaded as PDFs and printed out for use away from a computer!

Dot Com Digital:

Dot Com Digital, one of our wellbeing resources can be used on Safer Internet Day and throughout the year to teach children how to stay safe. Dot Com Digital houses over 24 themes, which enables schools to fulfil a rich PSHE curriculum, whilst fulfilling the requirements of the 2020 RSE framework. The programme supports the teaching of ages 5-11 and includes overviews, videos, lesson plans and activities.

The Dot Com Digital Logo by 2Simple Ltd

Dot Com Digital costs £500+VAT per annum for a whole school licence. There's no setup cost or user limit and you'll get unlimited access to our telephone and email support service.