Cyber Choices Lesson Plans

The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit’s Cyber Choices team have developed a lesson plan which aims to teach the Computer Misuse Act and highlight career opportunities in Cyber Security. This lesson plan is intended for Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8 – but can be delivered to anyone you assess as likely to benefit from the messages. This includes other youth groups such as Scouts, Girl Guides or Coding Clubs.

There is also a set of Key Stage 2 Lesson Plans available in conjunction with Barefoot Computing.

To find out more about the aims and objectives of the national Cyber Choices programme please click below, or continue reading to find the lesson plans.

* ‘Teenagers’ in this context represents a cohort of 14 year-olds followed as part of a millennial cohort study and their behaviours in the preceding year.

Key Stage 3 Lesson Plan

Our Key Stage 3 lesson plan has been designed to meet:

  • PSHE themes H2, R28, R30, R35, L1 and L9
  • Gatsby Benchmarks 2, 4 and 5*
  • UK Council for Internet Safety’s ‘Education for a Connected World’ framework

* Gatsby Benchmark 5 met when this lesson plan is delivered by a STEM Ambassador

Lesson Plan Resources

Our lesson plan is intended to be delivered in 1 hour but has been built to be modular so that some elements can be adapted for the lesson length available. A summary of the lesson can be found in the ‘Information for Schools’ document and full details for delivery in the ‘Lesson Plan’ document. The Game Cards and Case Study Handouts are optional depending on which mode of delivery is chosen from the lesson plan. There are also supporting notes in the Lesson PowerPoint which may be useful in either printed form or presenter mode which give context and emphasise intent for some sections.

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Notification of Delivery

We would really appreciate it if you could notify us every time you deliver this lesson plan of a few simple bits of information. This is because we need an understanding of how effective we are in getting this message out to young people and where we are doing so. The information needed is included in the lesson plan.

Other Key Stage 3 Lesson Plans

Our colleagues at the National Crime Agency have developed two other KS3 lesson plans following the Cyber Choices theme in association with the PSHE Association. If you have found our lesson plan useful these may be beneficial in exploring the concepts around harm further.

These can be found at:

Key Stage 2 Lesson Plans

Barefoot Computing have worked with the National Crime Agency to develop the Be Cyber Smart lesson plans and activities suitable for ages 6 – 7, 7-9 and 9 – 11. From online ownership and permissions to the law and password protection – these interactive and engaging resources will keep your pupils more secure by being one step ahead online.


File Changelog
  • 26/03/2020 – Lesson Powerpoint and Case Studies to Version 1.0a – Removed CyberChoices logo and replaced with SEROCU logo due to NCA Comms strategy