Upstanders on social media

An upstander is someone who recognises when something is wrong and acts to make it right. Upstanding on social media can take many forms, both online and offline. Learning the skills of being an upstander is important for positive student engagement with social media.

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity
  • Online learning

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision-making

Learning Intention

Students will understand when and how to be an upstander online.

Key Outcomes

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

  • define the concept of ‘upstander’
  • identify situations where it is important to be an upstander
  • describe ways they can be an upstander.
Activity 01

Instructions 5 min

  1. Explain to students that an upstander is someone who takes action against behaviour that impacts negatively on others. When an upstander sees someone being hurt or offended, they do something about it. They help to stop the things from happening, or they support the person who is being hurt.
  2. Ask students to read the article ‘How to be an upstander’.
  3. As a class, brainstorm situations and places where people could be upstanders.
  4. Individually, ask students to brainstorm how they could be an upstander in the online environment.
  5. In pairs, students write down three practical ways they think they could be an upstander in the online environment.
  6. As a class, create a master list of strategies they could use to be an upstander in the online environment.