Social media – KS3 and KS4 lesson plan pack

Pupils explore the topic of social media and learn actions a person can take to look after their wellbeing online and offline


  • KS3
  • KS4


  • PSHE
  • RSHE

What’s this for?

Developed with teachers, this lesson plan and PowerPoint explore social media and the impact that online content can have on a person’s wellbeing. The PowerPoint includes a video, to help pupils consider the positives and negatives of social media.

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Exploring social media video (KS3 and KS4)

Please note: If teaching this lesson with Year 7 students, there are age restrictions for joining social media platforms. In most cases students will be required to be 13 years of age.

Learning objectives

After this lesson, pupils will be able to:

  • define the terms wellbeing and social media
  • outline a range of strategies to improve wellbeing (including how to use social media responsibly)
  • explain the importance of balance in online and offline activities

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; a range of healthy coping strategies
  • H19 - that identity is affected by a range of factors, including the media and a positive sense of self

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