Lesson 1: Life online

Understanding the positive and negative effects of the internet and exploring the different ways to overcome negative feelings which can occur as a result of being online.

Learning objectives

  • To describe issues online that give us negative feelings and know ways to get help

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Give the children access to the video on link: ‘BBC Own It – Has something scared you?’ to support them with their posters. Pupils needing extra support can work together in a small group for this activity.

Pupils working at greater depth: Children could create a mini-blog/vlog discussing the top tips on how to deal with online issues that may upset people.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Vaughan,  
Computing specialist
Sarah has 13 years of experience teaching in a primary school and leading computing.   She now works as a Subject Matter Expert for the NCCE across the East Midlands. In this role, she supports primary schools with bespoke training…
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