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Role-play respect online

River the sugar glider holds up a family photo.

About this resource

This classroom activity is designed to help students identify what communicating respectfully and fairly looks like online by role-playing in a range of scenarios.

Target audience


Lower primary


Accessing support, Respectful online relationships, Permission, Boundaries, Cyberbullying

Type of resource

Educator notes (including supporting resources)


30 to 35 minutes

Australian curriculum

Key learning areas

Health and Physical Education

General capabilities

Personal and Social Capability, Digital Literacy, Ethical Understanding

Key outcomes

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

  • identify and explore skills and strategies to develop respectful relationships
  • identify how different situations influence emotional responses
  • practise strategies for seeking, giving or denying permission respectfully.

Using this resource

This Mighty Heroes classroom activity is based on role-play and includes discussion points and supporting resources.

The Mighty Heroes are four Australian bush characters who each have an online safety message for students:

  • Wanda the echidna: I am responsible – I protect my personal information. 
  • River the sugar glider: I show respect – I am kind and caring to others.
  • Dusty the frilled neck lizard: I trust my feelings – I ask for help when something doesn’t feel right.
  • Billie the bilby: I investigate – I question what I see, hear and do online.

This resource aligns with River the sugar glider’s online safety message about showing respect online. 

To use this resource:

  • download the educator notes
  • guide students through the opening questions, activity and discussion
  • extend or follow-up the activity with the suggested adaptations, related resources and ideas for sharing learning at home.

eSafety’s Best Practice Framework for Online Safety Education has been used to develop this resource. eSafety recommends educators use these resources as part of a whole school approach to online safety.

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