What social media do you use?

Ask pupils to think for a minute and count how many social media platforms they use. Everybody stands up. Ask one pupil to count from 1-10 and when the number that corresponds with the number of sites they use is reached, pupils sit down. In pairs, write the names of the social media platforms they use on show me boards and share with the class. (You may find a substantial number of pupils use platforms only suitable for 13+. It is well known that this is the case, so it is important that pupils know the dangers and responsibilities).

Powerpoint Jigsaw – Becky’s story

Explain that the following film will demonstrate why it is very important to keep your online details private – when you have social media accounts. And why you shouldn’t have accounts before you are 13.

Use the Powerpoint, and the questions on the slide notes as you go. Emphasise how to report inappropriate content at the end.

If you have difficulty accessing the film through the Powerpoint, you can find it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o8auwnJtqE 

Worksheet Activity 1: Public or private profile?

Working in pairs, draw and fill in the card on Worksheet Activity 1: Public or private profile? Cut them up and create two profiles, one that is too public and unsafe, and one that is private and safe. Stick onto two pieces of paper and discuss with other pairs.

Activity 2: Would I Lie To You? Game

It’s often very difficult to tell if people are lying or telling the truth. This game is an important lesson for online safety. The overarching message is that you should always be wary – some people are better liars than others.

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Staying Safe Online – Jigsaw for 8-10 year olds

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Staying Safe Online – PowerPoint Presentation

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Staying Safe Online – Teacher’s Notes

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