For Schools

We’re aware that teachers had a very hard time during lockdown, thrust suddenly into digital learning and having to quickly adapt lessons to make them work in an online learning environment. Here you will find resources about online safety that might help with blended learning going forward.

What to expect 

From September 2020, to help with blended learning, we will have 4 video lessons about online safety for primary school teachers (3rd-6th class). They will be released here, on a phased basis, and will explore the STAR programme in more depth. Expect 15 minute PREZI presentations, with videos, graphics and activities that can be used as homework or blended learning. Check back for more information.

The star programme follows 4 simple tips

  • S – stay safe online
  • T – think smart
  • A – ask for help
  • R – reach out and be kind online

If you’re interested in learning more about online safety, check out our video lessons.

Workshops for Students (online or face to face)

If you would like to book an online workshop for your class (3rd-6th class or 1st/2nd year), please fill in our online enquiry form or read more in our FAQ. See below for our approach and learning objectives.

Content and Learning Objectives of Workshops

At Barnardos, our preferred option for workshops about online safety are face-to-face as it allows more interaction with children and our trainers get to really hear from children what is going on for them online. However, we have a responsibility to keep everyone safe and it is unlikely that we will be able to do our face to face workshops for a while. As a result, we’ve worked hard with a Design Agency and with focus groups from children and young people themselves, to create an alternative to our face to face workshops. Our Zoom online workshops are 35-40 minutes in length, with our trainer in their own home and linking in with the students in the class via the interactive whiteboard. The class teacher would need to be on hand to help with interaction between the trainer and the class.


Content of workshops

  • Primary Workshops (3rd-6th class)

    Topics include:
    S = stay safe
    T = think smart
    A = ask for help
    R = reach out and be kind to others

    Children will be able to:
    1) Create strong passwords and understand why it is important not to overshare online
    2) Categorise what reliable information is online and how to search for it
    3) Have strategies should strangers contact them online
    4) Devise coping mechanisms to manage their digital wellbeing and screen time
    5) Brainstorm ways to be an upstander when it comes to cyberbullying online

  • Secondary workshops

    Title: Your Choices Matter

    Topics include:
    - The importance of thinking critically online
    - Online behaviour
    - Digital Wellbeing

    Students will be able to:
    1) Explain what Digital Wellbeing is and what it means to them
    2) Devise strategies to improve their Digital Wellbeing
    3) Reflect and discuss consequences to behaviour online, including cyberbullying and sexting
    4) List ways to source reliable information online

For more information or to book a workshop please contact our team, email: or phone: 01-4530355