Fake News

Year 8

Thoughtful, Critical Thinking

Fake News introduces the concept of critical thinking, encouraging students to weigh up information, images or ideas before accepting them or letting them influence their behaviour. The presentation emphasises how the decisions we make, and the content we consume, can impact our relationships (both positively and negatively). This can, in turn, affect our own self-esteem.

The idea behind Fake News is that we empower students to think for themselves, equipping them with the information they need to make healthy decisions in the presentation’s four key areas: social media, body image, pornography and relationships.

Respected - Fake News

Part 1


Learning agreement and trigger warning, explaining ‘fake news’ and our three critical thinking questions (why, what else, what next). Video: cliff edge illusion.

Social media

Social media quiz, considering whether or not social media is a positive or negative influence. It doesn’t reflect reality - video. We might want to stop following certain accounts - Billie Eilish quote. Social media can also be used in ways that are hurtful or harmful. Students signposted to sources of help and further information.

Part 2

Body Image

Recap learning agreement and trigger warning. Defining body image. Video on people’s thoughts about themselves. Statistics - body image is a pervasive issue, amongst adults as well as young people. Using critical thinking to address body image, raising the idea that ‘attractiveness’ isn’t fixed. Beauty is diverse - looking at cultural and historical ideas on physical appearance.


Defining pornography. Explaining why we talk about it in Year 8 - that many people first come across pornography accidentally, at a young age. Responses to pornography - how it affects both the body and the brain. Why is pornography ‘fake news’ - not an accurate or real reflection of sex or relationships. Tools. Students signposted to sources of help and further information.

Part 3

Healthy Relationships

Recap learning agreement and trigger warning. How do we know what a healthy relationship looks like? Building relationships from friendships - just as friends should be encouraging, make us feel happy and confident, so should relationships. No relationship is perfect - even though social media #couplegoals make us feel like they are. Relationship ‘warning signs’, and Chloe’s story ‘scenario’. Tools. Students signposted to sources of help and further information.

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