So I thought I would share the lesson I taught to my year 7 classes last week. It was tweaked during the week and in the last lessons I didn’t even use Quikpad (mainly because it didn’t work). I didn’t have time to cover the section on having “real friends” as our lesson go for about 40mins. Hit the read more to read more


  • Students get laptops and login
  • Explain that lesson is on using Social Media properly and why it is important.
  • We will be covering topics that we believe is very important and in no way are we promoting the use of Social Media.
  • Take a poll on students that use Social Media like Facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr
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  • Talk to students about the age restriction of most Social Media websites
  • Poll student's on what involvement their parents play in them using Social Media:
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  • Poll students on Peer pressure to have Social Media
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  • Discuss with students that putting images on the Internet is one part of their "Digital Reputation"
  • Explain:
  1. Your digital reputation is defined by your behaviours in the online environment and by the content that you post about yourself and others.
  2. Tagged photos, blog posts and social networking interactions will all shape how you are perceived by others online and offline, now and in the future.
  3. A poor digital reputation can affect your friendships, relationships and even your job prospects - so protect your digital reputation.
  • Ask students to open a word document
  • ask them to write down 2 ideas for ways to ensure a good "Digital Reputation"
  • Best answers:
  • How do I protect my digital reputation?
  1. Think before you post, send or blog!
  2. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  3. Set your profile to private—and check every now and then to make sure the settings haven’t changed.
  4. Keep an eye on photos tagged by your friends and remove ones that are offensive.
  5. Remember, online information could be there forever. Your personal information may end up being seen by people you don’t know, including potential employers.
  • Now students need collect their answers as a group
  • Move into groups of 4-5
  • each group will be given a piece of paper with a shared notepad URL from Qikpad
  • students go to webpage
  • as groups the students copy and paste their ideas to the shared notepad
  • as a group the students then remove repeated items
Having real friends
  • Statistics have shown that 1/4 of friends that 12-15 year olds have on Facebook, they have never met
  • Ask students to work in their groups to come up with a list of reasons why it is important to only be friends on Social Networks with real friends
  • Use the same qikpad for quick collation of the information