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Think Before You Post

Your responsibilities as a digital citizen




AGE 11


30 MIN


Students will be able to:

  • Implement a plan for maintaining online responsibility, focusing on thoughtful digital interactions.

  • Evaluate the impact of online posts on personal and others' digital identities.


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Teacher's Guide

Overview for Teachers

This lesson teaches students the importance of thoughtful online sharing, emphasising the impact of digital posts on personal and others' digital footprints.

Slide 1

Welcome students to the lesson and briefly explain that today’s lesson is about sharing content online.

Slide 2

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

Slide 3

Begin with a discussion on why careful consideration is necessary before posting something online, encouraging students to think about the permanence and reach of digital content.

Slide 4

Define 'sharing online' and discuss the importance of responsible sharing, considering potential consequences and the public nature of the internet.

Slide 5

Introduce the concept of online responsibility, highlighting respectful and safe technology use and its impact on oneself and others.

Slide 6

Explore the variety of content shared online, such as photos, videos, comments, and news, and encourage students to think about what else people share about themselves on the internet.

Slide 7

Discuss what it means to be responsible online, including making wise choices and treating others with respect.

Slide 8

Highlight why being responsible online is crucial for creating a safer and happier digital world, stressing the real-world consequences of online actions.

Slide 9

Guide a conversation about discerning between good and bad posts, and the importance of asking oneself if a post is appropriate before sharing.

Slide 10

Discuss characteristics of good posts, using examples to illustrate positive, kind, and respectful content.

Slide 11

In contrast, discuss the characteristics of bad posts, such as negative, mean, or unkind content.

Slide 12

Cover key responsibilities like thinking before posting, protecting privacy, and being respectful when sharing about others.

Slide 13

Conduct an activity where students evaluate various posts to determine if they are good or bad, reinforcing the lesson's concepts.

Slide 14

Encourage active participation from the class to determine whether the upcoming posts are good or bad.

Slide 15-16

Read the question and ask students to vote. 

Reveal the answer and emphasise that it is our responsibility not to share photos of others online without their permission.

Slide 17-18

Read the question and ask students to vote. 

Reveal the answer and reiterate that sending mean messages to others, even in private chats, is unkind and unacceptable.

Slide 19-20

Read the question and ask students to vote. 

Reveal the answer and use this as an example to demonstrate the positive posts that are appropriate to share online.

Slide 21-22

Read the question and ask students to vote. 

Reveal the answer, and ask students to think about how a video like this might affect their digital footprints.

Slide 23-24

Read the question and ask students to vote. 

Reveal the answer and emphasise the positive nature of sharing educational content online.

Slide 25-26

Read the question and ask students to vote. 

Reveal the answer and discuss the behaviours of a positive digital citizen.

Slide 27

Facilitate a reflection on the day's learning, inviting students to share their insights and how they plan to apply the lessons.

Slide 28

Emphasise the importance of being digitally responsible, making choices online that one can be proud of, and treating the internet as a place where kindness and respect matter.

Slide 29

Congratulate the students for their engagement and thoughtful participation, encouraging them to maintain responsible online behaviours.


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