Some online behaviours students deem to be acceptable and funny can be harmful and have a negative impact. Students are likely to engage in behaviour online without realising its unintentional consequences. Educating students on the unintended harm that can occur will help them to make considered choices when deciding to engage in these popular online behaviours.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

Online learning

SEL Competencies



Social awareness

Responsible decision-making

Learning intention

Students will know what online behaviours they should stop doing because of the impact they can have on others.

Key outcomes

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

  • identify unacceptable online behaviours

  • understand how online behaviour can impact others.

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

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

  • 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

  • Critical and Creative Thinking:

  • Inquiring

  • Analysing

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Examines and evaluates strategies to manage current and future challenges (PD4-1)

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

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

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

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

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

  • Investigate and select strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP126)

  • 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. Ask students to read’s article ‘4 things everyone needs to stop doing online’.

  2. Ask students to imagine they are the author of this article.

  3. Ask students to write, in the same format as the article, a fifth ‘thing’ everyone needs to stop doing online.

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The following resources from the eSafety Commissioner can provide further reading on this topic:


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