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Questioning Online Motivations

Why does anyone go online?




AGE 12


30 MIN


Students will be able to:

  • Reflect on personal motivations behind online behaviours.

  • Compare the differences between positive and negative online motivations of others.


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Teacher's Guide

Overview for Teachers

This lesson focuses on understanding online motivations, guiding students to reflect on why people, including themselves, use the internet.

Slide 1

Welcome students to the lesson and briefly explain that today’s lesson will focus on online motivations. 

Slide 2

Share the lesson objectives of what students will be learning today.

Slide 3

Start the lesson by asking students about different reasons people use the internet. This encourages them to consider the diversity of online activities and motivations.

Slide 4

Explain what online motivations are and give examples, such as connecting with friends, learning new things, having fun, or being creative.

Slide 5

Describe online motivations by illustrating the various reasons why people would use the internet.

Slide 6

Discuss various motivations for using the internet: socialising, learning, entertainment, and creativity. Encourage students to share their personal reasons for going online.

Slide 7

Highlight why understanding online motivations is important for better navigating the digital world and how it informs our interactions with others online.

Slide 8

Illustrate how many people are connected to the internet in the world, and explain that just like in real life, there are people with good intentions and others with bad intentions.

Slide 9

Compare positive motivations (like teaching, sharing, etc.) with negative motivations (such as tricking others or causing disruption) to illustrate the spectrum of online behaviours.

Slide 10

Conduct an activity where students analyse the online motivations of four characters, enhancing their understanding of different online behaviours.

Slide 11

Read the instructions aloud and encourage students to actively participate in this exercise.

Slide 12

To warm up, start off with Sue’s example. By reading her online activities of sharing old photos on Facebook and video calling her grandkids, we can deduce that her main motivation for going online is to share memories with friends and connect with family.

Slide 13

Invite students to brainstorm and discuss the possible online motivations of various characters based on their online activities, fostering analytical and empathetic thinking.

Slide 14

Facilitate a session where students share and discuss their findings from the activity, encouraging a deeper understanding of diverse online motivations.

Slide 15

Encourage reflection on the day's lesson, inviting students to share their insights about online motivations and how this knowledge affects their digital behaviour.

Slide 16

Emphasise the importance of understanding online motivations, both of others and oneself, to foster better digital citizenship and enhance digital wellbeing.

Slide 17

Congratulate the students for their thoughtful participation and encourage them to continue exploring their motivations and behaviours in the digital world.


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