Online stress and FOMO lesson plan pack

Help your pupils explore online stress and the fear of missing out (FOMO)


  • KS3
  • KS4


  • PSHE

What's this for?

Use this lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying videos to help students explore how stress may be experienced as a consequence of using social media and how this can affect their daily lives.

Using peer-to-peer activities based on Rise Above films, students will discuss how they might manage any online stress and understand the importance of asking for help when they need it.

Both accompanying videos appear below.

Downloads include:

  • Online stress and FOMO lesson plan PDF
  • PowerPoint for use in class

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Learning outcomes

Teach your students how to manage the stress that may result from excessive use of social media or interacting with online content.

After the lesson, pupils will be able to:

  • recognise the difference between online and real friends and understand that social media sometimes does not reflect real life
  • know from whom to get help and advice about online stress, including the Rise Above website
  • identify helpful strategies to manage online stress

For more information on how to use these lesson plans in the classroom, visit the PSHE Association website.


Supports the PSHE curriculum


Core theme 1: Health and wellbeing

Pupils should have the opportunity to learn:

  • H5 – the characteristics of mental and emotional health and strategies for managing it

Core theme 2: Relationships

Pupils should have the opportunity to learn:

  • R1 — the qualities and behaviours they should expect and exhibit in a wide variety of positive relationships (including teams, class, friendships etc.)
  • R8 — different types of relationships, including those within families, friendships and the factors that can affect these (including age, gender, power and interests)

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