Safety Snakes


Recommended age group: 5-7 years

Activity duration: 30-45 minutes


Introduction to Safety Snakes resources

Young people have never been more in need of online safety support. Safety Snakes is here to help. Pupils will recognise the familiar layout and will enjoy programming the Bee-Bot before commencing the game that will improve their computational thinking and programming skills.


What pupils will learn

 Safety Snakes provides an excellent way for young pupils to learn about good and unwise online behaviours. As they make their way around the game board, they will land on squares providing details of different types of online scenarios. Good scenarios are placed at the bottom of ladders, so pupils are rewarded with a lift onto a higher square when they land there. Squares with details of unwise scenarios sit at the top of the snakes, so pupils learn that they literally go backwards if they land on these squares. This ‘carrot and stick’ methodology helps pupils understand what they should and should not do when they are using the internet.


What does the resource pack contain?

The Safety Snakes resource pack contains:

  • The Safety Snakes Bee-Bot mat
  • A fake-bot (so the game can be played without a Bee-Bot)
  • A set of instructions
  • A Scratch online version of the game
  • Teacher notes
  • A PowerPoint presentation of the game


Get your FREE physical A1 Bee-Bot Safety Snakes mat!

  1. Register before March 2018 for a FREE Barefoot workshop here

                (To be eligible the workshop needs to be held before the end of the 2017/18 academic year)

  1. Enter the campaign code ‘999’ upon requesting a workshop


Download the Safety Snakes resources here

Safety Snakes lesson plan

Short lesson overview

Safety Snakes teachers PPT

Safety Snakes Scratch Bee-Bot simulation

The online safety Bee-Bot mat explained

Dos and Don’ts teacher points

Resource Bee-Bot command card

Resource Bee-Bot image – Fake-Bot

Resource Bee-Bot mat blank square

Resource Bee-Bot online safety mat A1

Resource Bee-Bot online safety mat in 4x A3