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Subject area:
Hate crime, Online safety, Prejudice, Refugees, Religion, Safeguarding, Stereotyping
Age group:
KS 3, KS 4
Lesson activity, Lesson ideas, Lesson plan
Pdf, Presentation slides, Videos

Be Internet Citizens is an educational programme developed by the Institute of Strategic Dialogue and YouTube, designed to build young people’s digital citizenship skills. The PSHE Association-accredited Unit of Work covers five lessons for secondary school pupils, spanning a range of topics including:

  • How to identify mis- and disinformation (e.g. conspiracy theories, clickbait, manipulated media);
  • Exploring fact versus opinion, including how sensational content can be used to drive user engagement;
  • The benefits and pitfalls of a ‘personalised web’, including algorithms and filter bubbles;
  • Understanding unconscious bias and how it influences our worldview;
  • Analysing ‘us vs them’ narratives, and how online echo chambers may widen social divides;
  • Responding effectively to hate speech and forging more inclusive digital communities;
  • Creating inspiring digital content to champion causes, promote positive messages and support peers.

The lessons aim to build young people’s critical thinking skills whilst developing their resilience to hate and extremism through a range of engaging exercises. The resources included are a series of lesson plans and the accompanying PowerPoint Presentation.

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PowerPoint slides

Presentation slides for all five lessons, including key questions and discussion points to support teachers in the notes section.

Unit of Work

This includes the lesson plan, guidance and resources for all five lessons.