Digital Citizenship for Secondary Learners

Secondary learners are sharing and participating online, but face risks around issues such as screen time, online privacy, bullying, hate speech and navigating misinformation. They face dilemmas in the digital world that may not have a clear right or wrong answer.  The lessons below will help learners practise responsibility, respect and resilience as they engage as citizens of the digital world.

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Lesson Plans

Year 7

MEDIA BALANCE & WELL-BEING

Finding Balance in a Digital World

How do we balance digital media use in our lives?


PRIVACY & SECURITY

Don't Feed the Phish

How can you protect yourself from phishing?


DIGITAL FOOTPRINT & IDENTITY

Who Are You Online? 

What are the benefits and drawbacks of presenting yourself in different ways online?

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

Chatting Safely Online

How do you chat safely with people you meet online?


CYBERBULLYING, DIGITAL DRAMA & HATE SPEECH

Digital Drama Unplugged

How can you de-escalate digital drama so it doesn't go too far?


NEWS & MEDIA LITERACY

Finding Credible News

How do we find credible information on the internet?

Year 8

MEDIA BALANCE & WELL-BEING

My Media Use: A Personal Challenge

What is your strategy for finding media balance?


PRIVACY & SECURITY

Big, Big Data

How do companies collect and use data about you?


DIGITAL FOOTPRINT & IDENTITY

The Power of Digital Footprints 

How might our digital footprints shape our future?

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

My Social Media Life

How does social media affect our relationships?


CYBERBULLYING, DIGITAL DRAMA & HATE SPEECH

Upstanders and Allies: Taking Action Against Cyberbullying

How can you respond when cyberbullying occurs?


NEWS & MEDIA LITERACY

Copyright and Fair Dealing

What rights to fair dealing do you have as a creator?

Year 9

MEDIA BALANCE & WELL-BEING

Digital Media and Your Brain

How does digital media try to hook you and what can you do about it?


PRIVACY & SECURITY

Being Aware of What You Share

How can you protect your privacy when you're online?


DIGITAL FOOTPRINT & IDENTITY

Social Media and Digital Footprints: Our Responsibilities

How does using social media affect our digital footprints?

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

Sexting and Relationships

What are the risks and potential consequences of sexting?


CYBERBULLYING, DIGITAL DRAMA & HATE SPEECH

Responding to Online Hate Speech

How should you respond to online hate speech?


NEWS & MEDIA LITERACY

This Just in!

How should we react to breaking news?

Year 10

MEDIA BALANCE & WELL-BEING

My Digital Life Is Like...

What is the role of digital media in our lives?


PRIVACY & SECURITY

The Big Data Dilemma

What are the potential impacts of online tracking and what are your privacy rights?


DIGITAL FOOTPRINT & IDENTITY

Protecting Online Reputations

How can you respect the privacy of others online?

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

Chatting and Red Flags

How can you tell when an online relationship is risky?


CYBERBULLYING, DIGITAL DRAMA & HATE SPEECH

What You Send in "That Moment When..."

How can we act with empathy and positivity when we're online?


NEWS & MEDIA LITERACY

Hoaxes and Fakes

How can you avoid being fooled by fake videos and other information online?

Year 11

MEDIA BALANCE & WELL-BEING

Social Media and How You Feel

How does your social media use affect how you feel?


PRIVACY & SECURITY

Risk Check for New Tech

What privacy risks do new technologies present and how do we decide if they're worth it?


DIGITAL FOOTPRINT & IDENTITY

Curated Lives

How can I create a social media presence that represents the real me?

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

Rewarding Relationships

How can I make sure my relationships are healthy and positive?


CYBERBULLYING, DIGITAL DRAMA & HATE SPEECH

Countering Hate Speech Online

How can we counter online hate speech and xenophobia?


NEWS & MEDIA LITERACY

Challenging Confirmation Bias

How can we challenge our own confirmation bias?

Year 12

MEDIA BALANCE & WELL-BEING

Can Media Be Addictive?

Are we addicted to our devices and, if so, are companies to blame?


PRIVACY & SECURITY

How Young Is Too Young for Social Media?

At what age should people be allowed to use social media?


DIGITAL FOOTPRINT & IDENTITY

Who's Looking at Your Digital Footprint?

How can information you post online affect your future opportunities?

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

Connecting with Digital Audiences

How can we use code-switching to enhance our communication with online audiences?


CYBERBULLYING, DIGITAL DRAMA & HATE SPEECH

Online Disinhibition and Cyberbullying

How does online disinhibition sometimes lead to cyberbullying?


NEWS & MEDIA LITERACY

Clicks for Cash

How does internet advertising contribute to the spread of disinformation?

Year 13

MEDIA BALANCE & WELL-BEING

The Health Effects of Screen Time

Can screen time be bad for us?


PRIVACY & SECURITY

Debating the Privacy Line

Should the Government have access to all your social media and smartphone data?


DIGITAL FOOTPRINT & IDENTITY

The Change You Want to See

How can you create a digital footprint that showcases your purpose?

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

We Are Civil Communicators

How can we communicate with civility online?


CYBERBULLYING, DIGITAL DRAMA & HATE SPEECH

The Consequences of Online Hate Speech

What should the consequences for online hate speech be?


NEWS & MEDIA LITERACY

Filter Bubble Trouble

How can filter bubbles limit the information we're exposed to?