Lesson 4: Rules of social media platforms

Learning that we should try to avoid sharing very personal information with people we do not know, or have this information accessible to strangers. Discovering how to protect ourselves and our personal information on social media platforms

Learning objective

  • To understand the rules for social media platforms

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: Can draw the icons and/or interface of a popular social media platform discussed in their group’s role play.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can include more than four top tips to stay safe on social media platforms within their role play.

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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