Lesson 4: Cyberbullying

Recognising cyberbullying and that it involves being unkind online; learning how to deal with it.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand that cyberbullying involves being unkind online

Statutory guidance

Internet and safety harms > Pupils should know: 

  • That for most people the internet is an integral part of life and has many benefits.
  • That the internet can also be a negative place where online abuse, trolling, bullying and harassment can take place, which can have a negative impact on mental health.
  • Where and how to report concerns and get support with issues online
  • Where and how to report concerns and get support with issues online.

Mental wellbeing > Pupils should know: 

  • That bullying (including cyberbullying) has a negative and often lasting impact on mental wellbeing.
  • Where to get advice e.g. family, school and/or other sources.

Online relationships > Pupils should know: 

  • The rules and principles for keeping safe online, how to recognise risks, harmful content and contact, and how to report them.
  • where and how to report concerns and get support with issues online

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Provide pupils with a scenario for them to then suggest a course of action to.


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage them to think carefully about what we mean by cyberbullying and being unkind online and challenge them to think about how they can avoid doing it themselves.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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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