Lesson 2: When being online makes me upset

Learning that sometimes online content can cause us to feel upset and that there are ways to deal with upsetting online content, including showing it to a trusted adult and speaking to an organisation

Learning objective

  • To understand the effects that some internet use can have on our feelings and emotional wellbeing

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content.
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be placed in a group under the guidance of an adult to explore the link: ‘BBC Own It – Places to get help’ together and select an organisation, charity or helpline and draw their brand logo with the inclusion of their website or contact details.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can list online incidents that have affected their emotions and can begin to suggest strategies to deal with such issues, using the seven tips for dealing with online content (from slide 7 of the Presentation: When being online makes me upset).

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Donna Rawling,  
Computing specialist
Donna has worked in Primary Education for over 16 years, specialising in Computing for the last eight. A CAS Master Teacher and Community Host, Code Club,  NCCE and Barefoot Computing facilitator, Donna is passionate about pupils’ access to Computing and…
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