Personal boundaries are the rules, limits, guidelines and acceptable behaviour a person creates to protect their mental health and wellbeing. There are many environments, particularly social media, where it can feel difficult to protect these boundaries. This lesson uses a values walk activity for students to consider their boundaries and why these are important to maintain on social media.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

Online learning

SEL Competencies



Social awareness

Learning intention

Students will understand boundary setting in the context of social media.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify their personal boundaries on social media

  • understand the importance of setting boundaries on social media.

Materials needed

  • Opinion signs: agree, disagree, strongly disagree, strongly agree, neutral

  • Masking tape or Blu Tack to display signs

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Analyse and reflect on the influence of values and beliefs on the development of identities (AC9HP8P01)

  • Analyse the impact of changes and transitions, and devise strategies to support themselves and others through these changes (AC9HP8P02)

  • Refine, evaluate and adapt strategies for managing changes and transitions (AC9HP10P02)

  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate strategies for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety or wellbeing may be at risk (AC9HP10P08)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

    • Social awareness

    • Social management

  • Ethical Understanding:

  • Understanding ethical concepts and perspectives

  • Digital Literacy:

  • Practising digital safety and wellbeing

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Demonstrates self-management skills to effectively manage complex situations (PD4-9)

  • Applies and refines interpersonal skills to assist themselves and others to interact respectfully and promote inclusion in a variety of groups or contexts (PD4-10)

  • Assesses and applies self-management skills to effectively manage complex situations (PD5-9)

  • Critiques their ability to enact interpersonal skills to build and maintain respectful and inclusive relationships in a variety of groups or contexts (PD5-10)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Investigate the impact of transition and change on identities (VCHPEP123)

  • Investigate the benefits of relationships and examine their impact on their own and others’ health and wellbeing (VCHPEP127)

  • Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses to health and wellbeing (VCHPEP147)

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Activity 1


5 minutes

  1. Hang the five opinion signs (strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree and strongly disagree) around the room.

  2. One by one, read aloud to the students the following statements. As they hear the statements, students move around the room to the sign that represents their opinion (if this is unavailable, give students the above options and ask them to indicate as you read the following statements):

    • Family and relatives should be allowed to see my social media posts.

    • Social media influences represent the real world.

    • The more followers you have, the more popular you are.

    • People should be able to say whatever they want on online platforms.

    • I can unfriend/block/unfollow people who post rude or inappropriate content.

    • Social media posts should always be publicly available.

    • Users who post inappropriate content should be banned from social media platforms.

    • It’s inappropriate to accept or follow strangers on social media.

  3. As a class, debrief why students feel this way about the statements.

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For further information regarding this topic, access the following articles from the eSafety Commissioner:


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