Education for a Connected World

The Education for a Connected World framework describes the Digital knowledge and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages of their lives. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it.


The document supports one of the key aims of the government’s Internet Safety Strategy of supporting children to stay safe and make a positive contribution online, as well enabling teachers to develop effective strategies for understanding and handling online risks.


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School leaders, teachers and other members of the children’s workforce can use this framework for a wide range of purposes, including:


Developing a rich, effective and developmental curriculum, which will support young people to be safe, healthy and thriving online


Auditing and evaluating existing provision of online safety education


Coordinating delivery of online safety education throughout the curriculum


Improving engagement across the wider school community on issues related to online safety


Developing effective training for staff and governors / board members


Education for a Connected World is a tool for anyone who works with children and young people. It enables the development of teaching and learning as well as guidance to support children and young people to live knowledgeably, responsibly and safely in a digital world.


It focuses specifically on eight different aspects of online education:


1. Self-image and Identity

2. Online relationships

3. Online reputation

4. Online bullying

5. Managing online information

6. Health, wellbeing and lifestyle

7. Privacy and security

8. Copyright and ownership


In each area it describes the skills and understanding children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages.The framework was updated in June 2020 to reflect the introduction of statutory RSE in England in September


The framework aims to support and broaden the provision of online safety education, so that it is empowering, builds resilience and effects positive culture change. The objectives promote the development of safe and appropriate long term behaviours, and support educators in shaping the culture within their setting and beyond.



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