Understanding the Internet Lesson 4: Communication and Social Media Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 4 to 6

About the Author: This lesson was written for MediaSmarts by Ethan Anderson

Duration: 1 hour

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


In this lesson, students will compare and contrast a variety of online social networking platforms and build an understanding of how they work to share messages. They will reflect on basic online rules and explore concepts of safety and privacy when accessing and sharing information online.

This lesson is part of the Understanding the Internet lesson series.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will continue to develop their understanding of Internet-related vocabulary.
  • Students will be able to explain how to use the Internet safely for a variety of purposes with a focus on communication and social media.

Home and School Connection

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