Be careful what you share!
Give each pupil a Post It note and ask everyone to write one (nice) thing about themselves on it – e.g. ‘my favourite pet is a dog’, ‘my favourite film is the BFG’ and stick it on their backs. Then ask them to move around the class reading each other’s Post It notes, trying to make sure that no one is quite sure who is reading what is on their backs at any given moment.
At the end of the exercise ask pupils to think about something they might not want to tell anyone. Ask them to imagine if that were on the Post It note. How would they feel? Explain that this is what it can be like using social media, so be very careful what they share.
Keeping your digital footprint safe
Using the Powerpoint, Keeping Your Digital Footprint Safe, explore the various social platforms that generate a digital footprint, asking the questions on the slide notes as you go. Emphasise how to report inappropriate content at the end.
Worksheet Activity 1: How can a picture go round the world?
Individually, hand out copies of Worksheet Activity 1: How can a picture go round the world? Ask pupils to locate UK, Spain, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Madagascar and Russia on the map and colour them in. Then, ask pupils to trace the progress of Ellie’s social media photo round the world neatly, using a pencil and ruler.
Answers: 10 people see Ellie’s photo in 24 hours, which means at least 70 could see it in a week. Ask the pupils to think about how many could see it in a month and a year (work it out on the board), and also to consider that any one person could send it to lots of people.