Media education in elementary school

The Internet and its various offerings - children's series on YouTube, game apps on devices, and much more. - are now a natural part of growing up. However, the youngest users can come into contact with content that is not suitable for their age and experience encounters that frighten them. The basic goals of media literacy promotion in elementary school should therefore be:

  • to make good children's sites known,
  • to enable children to deal with the Internet and its content in a self-competent and safe manner
  • and to encourage children to use the Internet creatively.

Materials from klicksafe

The materials listed here can help you build up your teaching units with regard to the above-mentioned goals. In addition to klicksafe materials, you will also find materials from other media education projects below that are suitable for work in elementary schools.

Through the year with klicksafe - 12 units of media education for elementary school

The material "Through the year with klicksafe - 12 units of media education for elementary school" is intended to provide you with inspiration for the school year to integrate monthly media education units into your school year planning. The 12 units plus two additional projects have been developed from work with the klicksafe Children's Panel - a focus group of seven to eleven-year-old students - and are suitable for grades two to six.

Teaching unit "Fake News, Chain Letters and Co. - Lies on the Net".

The material Ethics makes click. Forming Opinions in the Digital World is aimed at teachers in secondary schools. However, a lesson unit on the topic of "Fake News, Chain Letters and Co. - Lies on the Net" is also suitable for children in grades 4 and up. You can download the individual teaching unit here.

Teacher's guide "Safe online with your class!

The handbook offers teachers didactic tips for lesson planning and also introduces other helpful tools from the Internet ABC platform.
The teacher's guide also contains additional materials such as copy templates for a letter to parents and an Internet ABC certificate, as well as the popular surfing certificate cards in class sets.

Workbooks 1 to 4

The Internet-ABC has developed comprehensive worksheets with which the contents of the online learning modules can still be worked on in paper form. The worksheets can either be downloaded directly from the individual learning modules via the teachers' page or ordered in the form of workbooks (as copy templates).
The topics of the learning modules (workbooks) do not build directly on each other. Thus, only individual learning modules can be worked on online or offline.  

Class set of surfing cards

Who is fit for the Internet? With the Surfschein from the Internet ABC, children can test and expand their knowledge in a playful way. The surfing certificate is particularly suitable for testing the knowledge acquired in the learning modules or for preparing and reviewing special topics. Those who have answered enough questions about the Internet correctly at the end can print out an Internet driver's license or receive a surfing license card in credit-card format from the teacher. The cards can be downloaded and printed out directly or ordered as a class set. 

More materials Interactive poster "Clever with apps".

The poster was created by and shows the safe use of cell phones and apps. Tasks are solved together and online rules are noted on the poster. It encourages the critical and competent use of cell phones and apps. It contains the most important information and can be used interactively. Teachers can also print out two worksheets and a teacher's handout with background information and suggestions for using the poster in class. - Teaching material for elementary school

The video-based work material enables teachers to teach their students how to use the Internet safely and to design one or more thematic lessons. The module is structured in a linear way, but focal points can also be compiled and carried out individually. You will receive information about good websites and apps for elementary school children, tips for recognizing good children's offers, and methodical teaching suggestions. The module uses short videos to teach basic media skills. The videos are aimed directly at children and can be used in the classroom - or they can be used as preparation. The integrated online quiz supports the acquisition of knowledge in a playful way.

Media Driving License Bavaria - Offer for Elementary Schools

Teachers will find suggestions here on how to address media education issues in lessons in an age-appropriate way. Material is available on various media education topics related to CurriculumPlus. All materials can be used without external training. The students receive certificates for each lesson they complete.

SIN Studio on the web - puzzle book and worksheets for elementary school children

In the puzzle book "KABU's Campsite Adventure," children discover the secrets of the Internet in a playful way. A campsite illustrates the challenges of digital society. The information in the KABU app is supplemented by puzzles and tasks on the topic of digital media. The aim is to make children aware of how to use the Internet safely. - Methods of media work for elementary school

Here you will find methods and suggestions on how media can be used sensibly. In most cases, all you need is a smartphone or tablet. The methods are free of charge and royalty-free and can be copied, modified and passed on. This makes it very easy to adapt teaching content as project work to the respective media scenarios for use at home.

Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg - Workshop reports elementary school

The reference schools of the Baden-Württemberg State Media Center have developed and tested units for teaching. The lesson ideas outline processes that are meant to be imitated and are available in the SESAM media library.

so goes MEDIEN and Team Timster - teaching units for primary school children

"so geht MEDIEN" is the joint media literacy initiative of ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio. The project is produced under the leadership of Bayerischer Rundfunk. The series of lessons "so geht MEDIEN - Grundschule mit Team Timster" offers teaching materials for elementary school children. Entertaining videos provide tips on how to use media competently and creatively. The accompanying exercises help elementary school students consolidate their knowledge.

SCROLLER - The Children's Media Magazine

The children's media magazine SCROLLER(online and in print) for young people aged 9 to 12 promotes the safe and confident use of digital media with exciting stories, puzzles and interactive hands-on activities. SCROLLER is developed and published by Teachtoday, an initiative of Deutsche Telekom. The detailed pages for the individual issues (click on "Read more") include supplements for educational professionals. In addition, teachers can use SCROLLER EDU+ to flexibly work through the magazine with children - in analog or digital form.

Good Internet offers for children

There are many websites for children on the Internet.  But not all of them offer children a safe and secure surfing space. Good and child-friendly offers are characterized by the fact that they are 

  • are easy to understand and clearly structured
  • provide age-appropriate information.
  • are free of advertising and do not hide any unforeseeable costs.
  • warn when redirecting to external sites.
  • do not ask for personal data.

Show children safe entry pages to the Internet. Children's search engines and Klexikon, the Wikipedia for children, are suitable for research. A collection of recommended websites for children can be found in the klicksafe children's section.