Lesson 1: Internet safety: Age restrictions

Learning about age restrictions and how they are designed to protect us

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand that age restrictions are designed to protect us

Statutory guidance

Internet safety and harms 

Pupils should know:

  • Why social media, some computer games and online gaming, for example, are age restricted.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Can be given sentence starters to help them form their argument e.g. I think…because.  Put children in a group where they are creating an argument for what they believe.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be placed in a group where they have to argue for the opposite opinion to that of their own.

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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