Lesson 2: Online communication

Children learn about the positive and negative aspects of online communication, and how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To be aware of the positive and negative aspects of online communication

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Uunderstand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • 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

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Teacher or TA(s) to circulate the classroom and act out the scenarios in a tone that expresses the positive or negative nature of the communication. Children then use emojis, such as sad or happy, to express the intention of the specific scenario.


Pupils working at a greater depth: Should develop their own negative scenarios which they can then turn into positives so they can gain further insight into the differences and the way a phrase can be turned from negative to positive.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Kapow Primary, 
Computing specialist