Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Online friends and strangers

About this resource

This presentation follows the story of a young student called Abigail who makes a friend online and starts to question their unusual behaviour. Students are encouraged to examine and discuss what to do when an online friendship becomes unsafe or worrying.

Target audience


Middle primary, Upper primary


Unwanted contact, Respectful online relationships, Online friends

Type of resource

Slide deck, lesson plan



40 minutes

Australian curriculum

Key learning areas

Health and Physical Education, Digital Technologies

General capabilities

Personal and Social General Capabilities

Key outcomes

By the end of the learning, students will be able to:

  • identify and establish personal online safety boundaries
  • develop skills to identify problematic situations which may impact their online safety 
  • consider appropriate help-seeking and reporting strategies for dealing with unsafe situations online.

Lessons can also be tailored to suit different student needs.

Using this resource

Recommended teaching approach

  1. Show the presentation to the class and work through the questions and answers together.
  2. Reinforce key messages and generate deeper discussion.
  3. Encourage the students to complete the personal reflection activity.