Online Relationships: Respect and Consent Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 9-12

About the Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts

Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours plus evaluation activity

This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & ENGAGE: A Digital Media Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.


In this lesson, students use mind maps to explore concepts of “respect” and “consent” in an online context. They consider a wide range of scenarios that shed light on different aspects of consent relating to digital media and draw on those to create a detailed definition. Finally, students create an “explainer” video in which they illustrate one of the aspects of consent.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Develop definitions of the concepts of “respect” and “consent” in relationships
  • Explore how these concepts relate to digital technology and online relationships
  • Make moral judgments relating to issues of consent in online relationships
  • Learn how to take control when images of them are shared without their permission
  • Create a collaborative media product

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.