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With internet safety always on the minds of parents and teachers, BooksForTopics founder Alison has picked out five great children’s books for exploring the concept of e-safety with primary school pupils.

Jeanne Willis
 & Tony Ross

Troll Stinks makes for an excellent choice of book for today’s children and one with the potential to both entertain and spark meaningful discussions with primary children.

Billy the Goat and his friend Cyril are playing with a phone when they decide to send mean messages to the troll living under the bridge. Soon, the two friends discover that their online actions have had a significant impact on the troll’s feelings and that their messages were not such a fun idea after all.

The book is part of a series that spins traditional tales into the modern age and examines the impact of technology on children’s safety.

With more primary-aged children than ever having access to online messaging, the book is bound to open impactful classroom discussions. Even for children who do yet use their devices in this way, the broader themes of bullying, empathy, recognising the impact of words and stopping mean behaviour in its tracks will resonate with even the youngest children.

This important and entertaining story is a modern must-read.

Kirsty Holmes

A stylishly designed colourful glossary of words relating to social media. Organized alphabetically, the book explains a range of terms from bitmojis and boomerangs to memes and moderators, all in an informative and accessible way. Whether you are a netiquette nerd or you don’t know your YOLO from your YouTube, this a great guide to have to hand as you equip pupils in KS2 to cope with the fast-changing world of social media.

Stuart Spendlow
 & Amy Bradley

Written by a teacher, PENGUINPIG is designed to teach the concept of e-safety to young children and is a great choice of book for EYFS and KS1. The story features a little girl who becomes intrigued by a penguinpig that she encounters online. When she takes the decision to go out and meet the penguinpig for herself, she finds that things are not always as they seem on the internet and that from now on she must think before she clicks. You may also like MONKEYCOW from the same team, which focuses on keeping passwords safe.

Ruth Morgan
Chapter book

Designed to appeal to children with a love of gaming, Ant Clancy: Games Detective is a fast-paced adventure story that could be enjoyed by any reader who likes an action-packed mystery story. Ant is the only person in Westford Abbey who can’t get into playing Ray-Chay, the new virtual reality game that everyone else is obsessed with. Soon something goes very wrong with the game, which somehow spills over into real life, and Ant is the person who will get to the bottom of what’s happening and try to put things right. As the story unfolds, the line between the gaming world and reality is blurred even further in the race to uncover the truth.

Louie Stowell

Covering important e-safety topics including cyberbullying and social media messaging, this is an essential book to help older children to know how to protect themselves in the digital world. Find out how online interactions can affect friendships, why cyberbullying is so dangerous and how image-sharing can get out of control. Due to the nature of the topics covered, this is most suitable for upper KS2+ or as a book to dip in and out of at your discretion.

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