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 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.

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  • Online stress and FOMO lesson plan PDF

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Learning outcomes

Teach your students about the potential effects of exam stress on physical and emotional wellbeing and ways to manage it.

After the lesson, pupils can:

  • identify signs of exam stress in themselves and others
  • know who to ask for advice and where to look for guidance on exam stress, including the Rise Above website
  • select and use strategies to help them manage exam stress, including revision techniques

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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