Staying safe online is an important part of using the Internet. Children need lots of guidance from adults to help them to be e-Smart. Conversations with children around topics such as: using technology safely; communicating online; and being safe about making online friends are just some of the issues that children and adults need to grapple with.
To help get you started, here's a selection of online safety picture books in kid-friendly language. Just click on the link to find out where you can get a copy.
For more information regarding media and technology for children visit: Raising Children Network and iParent.
You're all Animals
Young Billy Trunk has just started at his new school, but he thinks his classmates are really weird and longs for a friend just like himself - one who isn't scaly, or furry, or green! So he looks on the internet and finds Frank who likes all the same things as Billy, who looks like Billy, with a long nose and big ears. The perfect pal! But Billy is in for a big surprise when he finally meets his best friend.
The story of a little girl who reads of an exciting creature known as a penguinpig on the Internet. Filled with delight and intrigue, she decides that she must go and find one.However, her parents are far too busy to take her and so she decides that she will sneak out and find the adorable penguinpig all on her own. Carefully, she follows the instructions from the website - but does she find her delightful penguinpig?
Billy Goat and his best friend Cyril are messing about with the farmer's mobile phone, taking selfies and playing games...until they find the number for a troll. Their Grandpa Gruff says trolls are bad, so Billy and Cyril decide to get their own back by sending mean messages. After all, trolls really do stink! Don't they?
The Fabulous Friend Machine
Popcorn is, quite simply, the friendliest chicken at Fiddlesticks farm! When she finds a Fabulous Friend Machine in the barn, she sets about making some brand new friends. But behind the screen of the Fabulous Friend Machine, maybe her new friends are not so friendly after all...
One night Chick hops onto the farmer's house and has a browse on his computer - click - soon she's shopping online for the whole farm! But when she arranges to meet up with a friend she's made online, she discovers all is not as it seems...Little Red Riding Hood for the iPad generation, this is the perfect book for teaching children how to stay safe online.
Once Upon A Time...Online
Once upon a time, a laptop arrived in Fairy-tale land... A happily ever after is only a click away! Find out what happens when our favorite fairy-tale characters receive a laptop and learn a lesson in online safety.
In her fascination with technology, a confident and spunky girl pays little attention to the outside world before learning how to make room for real things in ways that help her make the most of her savvy technical expertise.
The Internet is Like A Puddle
A story which attends to the wonderful aspects of electronic communication as well as gently discusses some of the possible pitfalls of sharing, chatting and using data. There is a need to be mindful of those who are naive to the potential problems without denying them the wonderful opportunities.
If You Give a Mouse an iPhone
If you give in to temptation and give a bored little mouse your iPhone, even for ten minutes, he’s probably going to beam to some faraway place beyond time, space, and the sound of your pleading voice. And if he’s that far gone, he won’t have any idea what’s going on around him, and he might end up missing out on all the real fun.