Safety; online and in real life

Teaching children how to stay safe online, and how to deal with strangers can be complicated. How do you make them aware of the dangers without making them scared of everything?  Sharing stories can help explaining difficult situations and put everyone’s mind at ease.

Topsy and Tim meet the firefighters
by Jean and Gareth Adamson

Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In this story the twins have an exciting day out at the fire station! They get to see all the fire appliances and learn about fire safety.
Age: 3+

Topsy and Tim meet the police
by Jean and Gareth Adamson

What do the police do? Catch burglars and find lost children according to Topsy and Tim. When PC Webb and PC May visit, the twins find out all about the police and how they help us. They learn about how children can be safe by not talking to strangers and staying away from dangerous places.
Age: 3+

Topsy and Tim Safety first
by Jean and Gareth Adamson

Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In ‘Safety First’, the children learn all kinds of things about safety, including crossing the road, playing safely in the garden and using their special booster seats in the car!
Age: 3+

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Stranger Danger?
by Anne Fine and Strawberbrie Donnelly

A sensible approach to dealing with strangers.  Joe learns to use his common sense and to be polite even to adults he doesn’t know.
Age: 6+

Come and Tell Me
by Helen Hollick and Lynda Knott

Jenny learns about ‘stranger danger’ in a safe unthreatening way. She also learns that there are good strangers.
Age: 4+

Something Bad Happened: A kid’s guide to coping with events in the news
by Dawn Huebner, illustrated by Kara Mchale
Age range: 6+

Full of advice for children who may be worried about events in the news, this guide from best-selling author Dawn Huebner offers advice for having tough conversations with 6-12 year olds about world events such as natural disasters, terrorism and war. It addresses common questions and provides tools to calm fears.

The Internet is like a puddle
by Shona Innes

The ‘Big Hug Book’ series deals with emotive issues that children face in direct and gentle terms, allowing children’s feelings and problems to be more easily shared and discussed with family and friends. This title deals with internet safety for very young children.
Age: 4+

by Colin McNaughton

Jolly story about Preston at the beach, including references to sun cream.
Age: 4+

Hugless Douglas
by David Melling

A fun story of a young bear searching for an appropriate hug to share: useful for discussing touching, families, friends and strangers and how to behave.
Age: 2+

Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept
by Jayneen Sanders

This book is a reassuring story , designed to be used by an adult and a child together to explore the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching.The young boy is encouraged to share his secret with his mother.
Age: 3+

Who’s bad and who’s good, Little Red Riding Hood?
by Steve Smallman

Our red-cloaked heorine is ready to set off with a basket of delicious cakes to Grandma’s house. ‘Be good, and don’t talk to strangers’, Little Red Riding Hood’s mum reminds her, ‘and if a stranger does talk to you, yell, run and tell!’. On the way, Little Red Riding Hood bumps into a wolf, who tries to speak to her. Immediately remembering her mum’s wise words, Little Red Riding Hood shouts and runs away. She keeps running until she meets an adorable fluffy-tailed bunny rabbit, who she tells all about her dreadful encounter with the wolf. The lovely bunny offers to escort Little Red Riding Hood to her Grandma’s house to keep her safe, all the while asking lots of questions about Grandma. He even offers to carry her basket of cakes!
Age: 4+

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It’s my body
by Louise Spilsbury

Introduces the concept of secrets and when these should be kept as well as online safety.
Age: 6+

Lulu’s holiday
by Caroline Uff

This simple story has large, bright illustrations that incorporates the use of sun cream on a trip to the beach.
Age: 3+

#Goldilocks: a hashtag cautionary tale
by Jeanne Willis

Everyone loves Goldilocks’ hilarious online videos, but in her quest to get more likes, more laughs and more hits, she tries something a little more daring: stealing porridge #pipinghot, breaking chairs #fun, and using someone else’s bed #sleep. What will Daddy Bear do when he sees that online?
Age: 3+

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Chicken clicking
by Jeanne Willis

One night Chick hopped into the farmer’s house and had a little browse on his computer. Soon she’s bought a funny teapot, a frilly blouse, scooters for the sheep and a car for the cows. She just can’t stop clicking! She meets a friend online and off she goes to meet him (without telling Mum or Dad). But the friend she thought she’d met turns out to be a fox.
Age: 5+

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Troll stinks
by Jeanne Willis

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?
Age: 3+

Keeping safe
by Ryan Wheatcroft and Katie Woolley

Why should I wear a helmet when cycling? How do I cross the road safely? How do I stay safe online? What should I do in an emergency? The answers to these and many other questions about keeping safe can be discovered in this lively and informative series. The topic of safety, whether at home, out and about, near water or online, are complemented by charming, clear illustrations. 
Age: 6+

Useful Organisations

Teaching road safety.

Childnet International:
Advice on keeping under fives safe online
Information and tips for parents/careers to keep children safe online.

Hants Fire:
Games, facts and activities to teach children how to stay safe.

Fire safety advice for parents and child carers.

Tips and advice on how to talk to your child or children about staying safe online.

Advice and resources to teach children 7+ ‘Stop. Look. Listen.’.

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