Lesson 3: Social media

Children learn that online relationships should be treated in the same way as face to face relationships

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand that online relationships should be treated in the same way as face to face relationships

Statutory guidance

Pupils should know:

Respectful relationships

  • The importance of permission-seeking and giving in relationships with friends, peers and adults


Online relationships

  • That people sometimes behave differently online, including by pretending to be someone they are not
  • 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


Internet safety and harms

  • 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
  • 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


Mental wellbeing

  • That bullying (including cyberbullying) has a negative and often lasting impact on mental wellbeing

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Would benefit from support with ideas for the statements for the conscience alley. Also, place them on the correct side rather than asking them to talk from an opposite point of view to their own.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be on the opposite side to their own beliefs for the conscience alley to get them to think from someone else’s point of view.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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