Internet Proficiency Scheme      
Internet Proficiency Scheme  

To help teachers and schools educate children on staying safe on the Internet Becta and the DfES have developed an Internet Proficiency Scheme for Key Stage 2 pupils. 

The scheme aims to:

  • Develop a set of "safe and discriminating behaviours" for pupils to adopt when using the Internet and other technologies.
  • Develop an increased level of "discriminating behaviour" for pupils
  • Provide teachers with easily accessible support materials to help develop "safe and discriminating behaviour"
  • Offer pupils a set of activities that allow them to demonstrate what they know and understand
  • Support the Continued Professional Development (CPD) of teachers through advice and information
  • Integrate these "safe and discriminating behaviours" to the skills, knowledge and understanding 
    as set out in the National Curriculum and Schemes of Work for ICT, PSHE and Citizenship at  Key Stage 2. 

Intended learning outcomes for pupils:

  • For pupils to understand when and where it is appropriate to give out personal information
  • For pupils to understand how to evaluate web sites 
  • For pupils to know and understand how to respond appropriately to e-mails, chat 
    conversations, and to have strategies in place should they come across an inappropriate 
    or bullying e-mail or chat conversation
  • For pupils to develop positive behaviours and an understanding of the "virtual" world in relation 
    to the "real" world

What does the Scheme consist of?

The Scheme consists of an interactive web site called Cybercafe, hosted by Gridclub, and a teachers' pack

The teachers' pack contains:

  • Teaching activities
  • Pupil worksheets
  • Advice and information for teachers on Internet safety
  • School and pupil certificates

The Cybercafe Web Site

This Cybercafe is an interactive web site which can be used to help teach children how to:

  • Manage e-mails: Pupils are presented with several scenarios where e-mails have been 
    sent from different sources, they then have to decide on the most appropriate way they 
    should manage and respond to the messages.
  • Respond to chat: Pupils enter a chat room and have to respond to a number of 
    questions, some of which are inappropriate. They have to think about these questions and 
    the degree of personal information it is safe to reveal.
  • Evaluate web sites: Pupils are given an assignment and have to decide which of the 
    web sites displayed are most likely to offer the most appropriate information for the 

A quiz is also included so that children can find out what they have learnt about Internet safety. 

If you want to order a free pack, contact the DfES publication order line 

Phone: 0845 60 222 60 
Fax: 0845 60 333 60 
Minicom: 0845 60 555 60 

The children's interactive web site is live at The teaching materials are also available from the Gridclub web site at

Pilot Scheme

Becta and the DfES piloted the Internet Proficiency Scheme during the summer term 2002. The pilot involved a cross section of 50 schools. The teachers were given a trial Internet Proficiency pack, which included teaching activities, learning objectives, teachers notes, activity sheets and sample certificates. The pack was used in conjunction with the Cybercafe web site. 

The feedback from the teachers involved in this pilot scheme was used to develop the teachers pack and Cybercafe web site. 

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