Digital Wildfire- Digital Citizenship & Social Media resource pack - KS4/5
These resources provide a set of teaching and learning materials for Key Stage 4 and 5 on the safe use of social media. They have been prepared as part of the ‘Digital Wildfire’ research project led by the Computer Science Department at the University of Oxford (

The lesson plan shared here encourages students to discuss the positives and negatives of social media and reflect on what it means to be a good digital citizen. This resource pack includes: prompts and links to inform whole-class discussion, slides for an introduction activity on the 2011 England riots, and a series of case study cards. The latter are designed to support a small- group activity where students are assigned a number of real-life scenarios and asked to consider their rights and responsibilities on social media. These materials could be used to promote discussion in a single class session or extended over a number of sessions to include further research and student presentations.

The final file contains a set of 19 slides that could be used for an assembly on digital citizenship. The slides cover the positives and negatives of social media, and advice about online privacy and thinking before you post. Short notes are included plus a space for schools to add information about their own social media policies.

Both the lesson and assembly include the use of our short Digital Wildfire video ‘What makes a good digital citizen on social media?’, which is available online:


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  • Digital-Citizenship-assembly-slides--KS4-and-5.pptx

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Created: Jul 5, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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