Who does this belong to? - Cyber/Online Safety

Age: 6 - 7 years

Type: Cyber

Curriculum Links to: PSHE, Digital Literacy

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The first of two lessons on the subject of ownership, permissions and the use of digital resources, which are the basics of the ethical use of computers, including data literacy and cyber security.

The activity focuses on the use of familiar real life objects by introducing three key questions:

  • Who owns this?
  • Has the owner allowed/ given permission for someone else to use it?
  • What kind of use is allowed?

After a guided discussion around ownership and permission and recording how different belongings might be used, pupils create a set of class rules around borrowing and using things owned by others, and consider what would and wouldn’t be acceptable use of those things.


  • To know that if someone owns a thing, it belongs to them.
  • To understand that we need permission to use someone else’s things.
  • To say how other people will feel if we use their belongings.


  • Pupils can group things according to ownership.
  • Pupils can explain why they have added things to certain groups.
  • Pupils can say how someone using their things without their permission would make them feel.
  • Pupils can say how someone else would feel if their things were used without their permission.


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Who does this belong to?

Lesson 1

Computing National Curriculum: In the KS1 National Curriculum Attainment Targets, pupils should be taught to ‘use technology safely and respectfully’ as part of Digital Literacy.

Education for a Connected World, UK Council for Internet Safety (KS1): Copyright www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-for-a-connected-world

  • I can explain why work I create using technology belongs to me. I can say why it belongs to me (e.g. ‘I designed it’ or ‘I filmed it’)
  • I can save my work under a suitable title / name so that others know it belongs to me (e.g. filename, name on content)
  • I understand that work created by others does not belong to me even if I save a copy
  • I can describe why other people’s work belongs to them
  • I can recognise that content on the internet may belong to other people