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Online Safety Books
The latest Digiduck online safety story for young children Digiduck® and his classmates are set the task of finding out who their special guest will be at school today. Through chatting online and asking questions they try to decide who the mystery guest is. Follow Digiduck® and his pals in this story about critical thinking and reliability online. Download the story here Read the story online
Digiduck’s Big Decision By Lindsay Buck (Childnet International) and Ciara Flood Available as an eBook, web version or an app here for free. Also available in hard copy. Suitable for children aged 3-7 (also suitable for KS2/SEND pupils) Digiduck is available in a variety of formats (including Spanish and Norwegian) and was produced by Childnet International to help Foundation Stage and KS1 children explore the idea of being a good online friend. Digiduck needs help to make a difficult decision about sharing photos online. Digiduck can be used to discuss issues such as online friendship, taking and sharing photos safely, online gaming and responsibility online.
Webster’s Email By Hannah Whaley. Suitable for children aged 3-8 (may also be suitable for KS2/SEND pupils) Available here and here Webster’s Email is a rhyming story that explores the idea of sharing content online and how quickly things can be shared. Webster the little spider emails a funny picture of his sister but it quickly is forwarded to lots of people and throughout the book, children can count how many people end up seeing the picture. This book encourages children to be aware that once a picture has been shared online, it can’t’ always be removed and it is very hard to control.
Webster’s Bedtime By Hannah Whaley. Suitable for children aged 3-8 (may also be suitable for KS2/SEND pupils) Available here and here Webster’s Bedtime is a rhyming story which explores the need for us all to switch off from screens and internet, especially at bedtime. The story acknowledges that this is often easier said than done and enables children to think about the impact technology can have. Webster’s Bedtime can be used to discuss using technology responsibly, screen time, balanced use, gaming and using mobile phones and tablets responsibly.
New research suggests children are using social media before parents have spoken to them about how to use it responsibly, with 48% being exposed to it by age seven.
To help parents have these important conversations with their children at a younger age, Vodafone UK and Andersen Press have teamed up with award-winning author Jeanne Willis and illustrator Tony Ross to produce a co-branded digital edition of #Goldilocks. The book is a modern twist on the classic fairy tale and offers a fun and accessible way for parents to discuss responsible social media use with their younger children.
The book sees #Goldilocks getting into trouble with the three bears over her pursuit of likes on social media. It aims to help educate children about the potential consequences of being unkind, getting carried away with selfies or oversharing images in a light-hearted way.
Chicken Clicking By Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross. Suitable for children aged 3+ (also suitable for KS2/SEND pupils) Available here Chicken Clicking explores the story of a little chick that sneaks into the farmer’s house at night and buys herself and her farmyard friends lots of gifts. Chicken Clicking also uses the internet to go online and meet a new friend but all is not as it seems! This story is a 21st century version of the “Chicken Licken” fairy story, a familiar tale for both adults and children and provides opportunities for discussion about keeping safe online.
It’s a Book By Lane Smith Suitable for children aged 3-8 (may also be suitable for KS2/SEND pupils) Available here here It’s a Book explores the role of books in a digital age via a humorous discussion between an IT-savvy donkey, a book-loving ape and a mouse. It’s a Book can be used to discuss using technology safely and responsibly and also the different ways children can read and have fun both on and offline
When Charlie McButton Lost Power By Suzanne Collins and Mike Lester Suitable for children aged 3-8 (may also be suitable for KS2/SEND pupils) Available here Charlie McButton explores the story of a little boy who likes computer games so much he never plays with anything the else. When a thunderstorm knocks out the electricity his tech empire comes tumbling down. Charlie needs batteries fast the only ones he can find are in his little sisters talking doll. Will he resort to desperate measures and cause his sister to have a meltdown of her own or will he snap out of his computer craze long enough to realize his sister might be fun even if she doesn’t come with batteries?!
Penguinpig By Stuart Spendlow and Amy Bradley. Suitable for children aged 5-7 (may also be suitable for KS2/SEND pupils). available here and here Written by primary school teacher, Stuart, Penguinpig is a story about a little girl who finds out about a magical creature online but her parents are too busy to help her so she sets off to find one. Penguinpig is a rhyming book which explores the issues of reliability online and the need to be aware that not everything online is true! Penguinpig can be used to discuss the issue of reliability and trust online with children. The main message within Penguinpig is that sometimes people use the internet to lie or trick other people and strongly emphasises that children should always check content with a trusted adult.
Little Bird’s Internet Security Adventure Story by Jim Mercado and Siobhan MacDermott. Written by Marlo Garnsworthy. Illustrations by Tracy Spencer. Suitable for children aged 3-8 (also be suitable for KS2/SEND pupils) Available as a PDF here or an app Little Bird is the story of a bird who wants to wish her grandma a happy birthday over the computer. With the help of her parents, Little Bird has learned how to be safe online but her animal friends haven’t been so lucky and they need her help. Little bird shares her knowledge with them along her journey home.
The Internet is like a Puddle By Shona Innes and Irisz Anocs. Suitable for children aged 3-9 (may also be suitable for KS2/SEND pupils) Available here “The internet is like a puddle” uses the analogy of a puddle to explore both the fun and positive side of the internet but also to help children understand that there are often hidden risks below the surface. The book emphasises the importance of adults helping children to keep safe but also encourages children to listen to their gut instinct when something doesn’t feel right or safe online.
Dot By Randi Zuckerberg and Joe Berger Suitable for children aged 3-8 (may also be suitable for KS2/SEND pupils) Available here. Dot explores the story of a little girl called Dot who is very good at using technology. Dot knows how to tap, swipe and share online, but seems to have forgotten how to do things in the world – she then has fun exploring all the ways she can tap, swipe and share offline. Dot is written by Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Dot explores the need for children to balance internet use with offline world fun and can be used to discuss using technology responsibly and the need for children to explore the world both on and offline.