Lesson 1: Online friendships

Learning about some issues related to online friendships

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To begin to understand some issues related to online friendships including the impact of their actions


Statutory guidance

Pupils should know:

  • How to critically consider their online friendships and sources of information including awareness of the risks associated with people they have never met.
  • 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: Support them in completing the questions about what they would share. 

Pupils working at greater depth: Could add to the questionnaire the possible consequences of sharing some of the information online.

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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