Finding a balance when using social media can be challenging for students. By managing and reducing online activity when needed, students will have more free time and be more focused.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

Online learning

SEL Competencies



Responsible decision-making

Learning intention

Students understand ways to manage social media use.

Key outcomes

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

  • demonstrate an understanding of ways to manage their social media use.

Materials needed

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 factors that shape identities and evaluate how individuals influence the identities of others (AC9HP10P01)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

  • Critical and Creative Thinking:

  • Inquiring

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Examines and demonstrates the role help-seeking strategies and behaviours play in supporting themselves and others (PD4-2)

  • Assesses their own and others’ capacity to reflect on and respond positively to challenges (PD5-1)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

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

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Activity 1


5 minutes

  1. Ask students to read’s article ‘5 ways to tame your social media use’.

  2. Divide students into pairs and allocate one of the five tips:

    • Keep apps out of sight, so they’re out of mind

    • Use apps to help you limit your time on social media

    • Spend an hour a week on at least one screen-free hobby

    • Enjoy a phone-free dinner

    • Leave your phone outside the bedroom

  3. Students select ONE of the tips.

  4. Students creatively demonstrate how they could follow their chosen tip.

  5. Students might want to draw a picture, create a short video or poster, write a poem or short story, or may have other creative ideas.

  6. Invite students to share their creative demonstration with the class. These could be displayed within the classroom as a reminder.

Tip: It’s a good idea to start this activity by asking students if they use social media and, if so, how often.

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