Smart Award

Welcome to our SMART Award where you will learn all about staying safe with technology.

There are videos to watch, links to websites, games to play and quizzes to take.

To gain the SMART Award you will need to complete the 5 sessions and pass a test. Click on the menu buttons to the right of this page to go to each session.

What 3 top tips would you give to someone, to stay safe, who has never used the internet before?



  • To understand e-safety you have to know the SMART rules. Read over the SMART rules with your teacher. Pair up with someone in your class and quiz them about what each letter stands for.

Click here for SMART printouts.

Task 3

  • Watch Chapter 1 of the SMART Crew


A – Accepting emails, instant and direct messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.

  • Write down what happened in the episode on this postcard
  • Write down the advice the SMART Crew gave

What do you do online?


The internet is an amazing place with lots of great things to do. We can learn all kinds of things from the internet.

Who do you think makes the sites we go on?


Task 2 – Fake Facts

Pair up with a partner and read this story from a website called ‘Facts About Iceland’ then answer the questions below.

The things we see and read on the internet are not always true. Anyone can make a site so it’s important to find out what you’re reading is true by going to another site to check.

Task 3 – REAL or FAKE?

Even photos can be untrue. Look at the 6 different images below. Some have been edited, whilst some are actually real. Vote on whether you think the images are real or fake, and explain your choice.


Answers are:

  • Picture 1: FAKE – The colours of this landscape have been edited to seem more vivid.

  • Picture 2: FAKE – The picture has been edited to remove the people so the clothes seem to float.

  • Picture 3: REAL – This is a real picture of a sinkhole in Guatemala City in 2010.

  • Picture 4: FAKE – The colours of the eye have been edited.

  • Picture 5: FAKE – The man’s smile has been made to look bigger.

  • Picture 6: REAL – This is an optical illusion created by painting a scene on to the side of a building.

How did you do? How many did you guess right?

Task 4

  • Watch Chapter 2 of the SMART Crew


R – Reliable. Information on the internet may not always be true; anyone can put information on the internet. Always check by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows.

Task 1

Digital Footprint Every time you use the internet you leave a trail of where you have been. It is easy to for people to find things out about you. Take a look at the KidSMART website here and find out what we mean by a DIGITAL FOOTPRINT.

Task 2

Watch Chapter 3 of the SMART Crew



S – Keep safe by not giving out personal information online. Personal information includes your address, phone numbers and passwords.


Task 3 – Photo Information

It’s not just sharing your personal information through posts and messages. We have to make sure photos we take and share don’t give too much information about ourselves.

That’s right! This is personal information like what school you go to or how old you are.

What information do we get from these photos?




  • School Uniform

  • Where you live

  • Your group of friends

This section looks at what types of misuse are against the law.

Creating Fake Accounts

Many people think setting up a fake account is a bit of a laugh but the truth is that creating a fake account in someone else’s name is illegal. Click on the newspaper articles below to read the stories and answer the following questions.


Task 1: Talk in your group about fake accounts

  • Why do you think people create fake accounts?

  • What are the consequences of setting up fake accounts?

Sexting – What is it?

Sexting is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages.

Messages can be sent using mobiles, tablets, smartphones, laptops – any device that allows you to share media and messages.

Sexting is illegal. This is what the law says:


As we all know, technology has changed the way we watch our favourite movies or TV shows, listen to songs or buy music, and we can view so much content on the internet with our mobile phone, PC or tablet. However, it is illegal to download content without the permission of the owner. It can be very confusing because there are so many sites to view digital media so we will look at different ways to view media legally and how to stay on the right side of the law.


Copyright is when a person or company creates art, music, film, books, etc – that person has the right to control the use of their work.

  • Why do you think copyright is important?

  • What do you think will happen if you break copyright laws?

  • What do you need to do to make sure you don’t break the law?

If you want to copyright your own work, mark it with the international copyright symbol © followed by the name of the creator.

Task 3: Visit the website ‘The Content Map’

Click here to find different sites where it is legal to watch TV, Film, Music etc.

Task 4: Watch the News Report about online abuse

It is against the law to abuse someone online.

  • What happened to these two Twitter Trolls?
  • Is it right that people should be punished for cyber-bullying?
  • How can we all stop this kind of abuse?

Remember, just report any online abuse to the online police (CEOP)


  • Use respected sites to view videos, music and TV.
  • Don’t take someone’s work and pass it off as your own.
  • Online abuse is illegal, report it!
  • CEOP is the online police and many sites now have a ‘report button’

Task 2

  • Think of the 3 friends or family you connect with the most online.
    Why do you like spending time with them online?

M – Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous; not everyone online is who they say they are.
It’s best to just stay friends online.
Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
If you ever plan to meet, only do so if you are with your parents or carers.

Well done, you’ve completed the SMART Award! Make sure you remember these top tips to help you stay safe online and always ask an adult you trust if you are ever worried:

Top Tips:

A better internet starts with you…

  • 1. It starts with staying safe online.

Keep your personal information safe and check with an adult before you share anything online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and passwords.
Never agree to meet up with someone you only know online. No matter how friendly they might seem or how well you think you know them, they are still a stranger. Always tell a trusted adult if someone online asks to meet up.

  • 2. It starts with being a good friend.

Remember that behind every screen is a real person. Being kind and positive online is just as important as being kind and positive face-to-face.

  • 3. It starts with saying sorry.

Even when we’re trying really hard to be a good friend online, things can still go wrong. If you ever upset someone online, even if it wasn’t on purpose, then saying sorry is a really powerful and positive action to take.

  • 4. It starts with taking a step back.

Being online is great – there are so many fun and exciting things to do! But being connected all the time can get a little stressful. If being online is making you feel worried, upset or confused, it’s always worth taking a step back and having a break from your online activities.

  • 5. It starts with asking for help.

It’s okay to feel worried or upset by something you see online – just make sure you speak to someone about it! Always tell an adult you trust if you see anything that worries you online.