Social media

Social media

Students growing up in a digital age need to feel confident about making positive choices online, which will benefit their ongoing wellbeing. Schools and the classroom provide safe spaces for students to explore their ideas around social media, and to learn that there are both positive and negative aspects of using platforms. Ultimately, however, each individual needs to decide for themselves how to engage with the online world.

Social media platforms are developed and updated regularly; accordingly, the way students engage with each platform will also evolve. These platforms differ in functionality which can include sharing messages, ideas, photos, stories and other content. Some platforms were popular for only a short time (e.g. Kik, Yik Yak, Vines, Myspace), while others have evolved with the audience to become part of everyday life (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

It's important that teachers and parents stay up to date with each platform's functionality and terms of service, so they can have informed, engaging and factually accurate conversations with young people. The eSafety Commissioner provides updates on popular social media platforms through the eSafety Guide.

Regardless of the platform, it is imperative that we teach students respectful behaviours, responsible use of technology and the importance of resilience and reasoning.

By teaching students about concepts such as boundary setting, privacy, trolling, cyberbullying and overuse, they’ll feel confident to make these choices. Helping students to see how social media can be used to promote positive upstander behaviour and to do good for others in our society will support them to make positive online choices. By using these classroom resources and Wellbeing Fives, students will be confident as they navigate the ever-changing social media world.

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Classroom resources

Designed to be engaging and relevant to your students. 

What is social media?

Students learn about social media platforms and the importance of thinking about their terms of service.

7-10

60 minutes

Social media and personal wellbeing

Students examine a scenario to identify activities on social media that could impact on their wellbeing. Students identify strategies they could use to improve their wellbeing.

7-10

60 minutes

Positive uses of social media

Students analyse positive social media trends and outline how they could use social media to create social change.

7-10

60 minutes

Trolling and cyberbullying

Students learn to recognise trolling and cyberbullying and develop strategies to deal with it.

7-10

60 minutes

Wellbeing Fives

Energise, refocus and develop wellbeing in your students in 5 minutes. 

Boundary setting on social media

Students explore, understand and set their personal boundaries on social media.

7-10

5 minutes

Online communities

Students investigate the sense of belonging developed through connections made in different online communities.

7-10

5 minutes

Privacy on social media

Students learn about the complexity of privacy on social media.

7-10

5 minutes

Social media is like a tug of war

By applying the metaphor of a tug of war, students engage in discussions of different points of view on social media.

7-10

5 minutes

Taming social media use

Students think of ways to manage their social media use.

7-10

5 minutes

The pros and cons of social media

Students evaluate social media using a Venn diagram.

7-10

5 minutes

Things to stop doing online

Students consider online behaviours that can have a negative impact on others.

7-10

5 minutes

Upstanders on social media

Students learn how to be an upstander in an online environment.

7-10

5 minutes

Resources for parents and carers

Share with parents and carers to support a whole school approach to student wellbeing. 

Social media and teenagers

Learn about why teenagers love social media and the possible benefits and risks involved.

Encouraging positive online behaviour

​Learn how to model positive online behaviour and teach your teenager to do the same.

Peer pressure and social media

Hayley and her mum Lisa share how social media means peer pressure doesn’t stop when the school bell rings.

Self-esteem and social media

Find out why social media can impact a teenagers self-esteem and how you can support your teenager.

Resources for students

Engaging and reliable content for young people to support their wellbeing. 

About social media

Have some thoughts or questions about social media? Check out this collection to help you work through them.

Cyberbullying action plan

Cyberbullying can be especially horrible because it's often public, hard to take down and 'switching off' isn't as simple as it sounds.

Problem solving

Problem solving is a skill. Approaching a problem the right way may not guarantee the outcome you want, but you can feel good about making the best choice possible.

4 things everyone needs to stop doing online

Here's four things people do online that need to stop.