We all know what little kids are like. They’re pocket-sized bundles of energy that bounce of the walls and ceilings all day long, run around screeching and find it absolutely impossible to sit still for even a nano-second, until you put them in front of the TV to watch a cartoon. What follows is a near miracle of nature. They are so still that in contrast a Buddhist monk in meditation appears like a whirling dervish.

With this in mind the Thinkuknow website, an education initiative run by the UK’s National Crime Agency’s CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), has come up with a fiendishly clever plan to educate the fizzing balls of motion about cyber security. It has developed a cartoon series.

The Jessie and Friends series of cartoons are aimed at kids aged 4-7 and are accompanied with advice for parents, as well as content to help ensure that the conversation with children about online safety is ongoing. To date three videos have been released.

In these short cartoons the children learn that they should speak to a grown up if they see or hear anything online that makes them feel worried, are taught about the importance of asking permission before sharing photos of others, and should only talk to people they know in real life when playing online games.

For about 10 years Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. The move into cybersecurity will clearly be welcomed by parents and teachers and it’s an initiative that is to be applauded.

Visit the Thinkuknow website to find out and watch Jessie and Friends.