Social media – Year 6 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


  • KS2


  • PSHE
  • RE & HE

What’s this for?

Developed with teachers, this lesson plan and PowerPoint explores 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.

Download lesson plan (PDF, 1.2Mb)

Download classroom tips (PDF, 0.8Mb)

Download PowerPoint (PPTX, 34Mb)

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Please note: This lesson is not suitable for pupils younger than Year 6. It is also important to note that legally, nearly all forms of social media require users to be at least 13 years of age.

Learning objectives

After the lesson, pupils will be able to:​

  • state and understand what ‘wellbeing’ and ‘social media' mean
  • describe actions a person can take to look after their wellbeing with a balance of online and offline activities
  • evaluate the positives and negatives of social media

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:

  • H1 - what positively and negatively affects their physical, mental and emotional health
  • H22 - strategies for keeping safe online; the importance of protecting personal information, including passwords, addresses and the distribution of images of themselves and others
  • H24 - the responsible use of mobile phones: safe keeping (looking after it) and safe user habits (time limits, use of passcode, turning it off at night, etc.)

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