Lesson 2: Communicating online

Pupils learn the importance of not sharing personal information online and what to do if they see something online that makes them feel upset or uncomfortable.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand how to stay safe when using the internet

Statutory guidance

  • That the same principles apply to online relationships as to face-to-face relationships, including the importance of respect for others online including when we are anonymous.
  •  That people sometimes behave differently online, including by pretending to be someone they are not.
  • How to consider the effect of their online actions on others and know how to recognise and display respectful behaviour online and the importance of keeping personal information private.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Encourage pupils to make a poster detailing the overriding rule that they should tell someone if they feel uncomfortable or think something is wrong.

Pupils working at greater depth:  Encourage pupils to use a variety of different word processing tools to make their work more creative and to include additional safety messages.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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