Non-GCSE – Lesson 7 – Illegal content

Curriculum KS4 Unit Lesson

In this lesson, learners will first be given some context and examples of what types of content are illegal in the UK, for example websites that facilitate the trade of illegal items, or contain hate speech, terrorist content, or obscene content. They will learn about laws in the UK such as the Digital Economy Act (2017), the Malicious Communications Act (1988), etc. (As opposed to teaching all the laws, the purpose will be to convey that, in the UK, the internet is governed by a piecemeal collection of context-specific laws.).

Learning objectives

  • Explain why some content online can be potentially harmful
  • Describe the UK laws governing online content
  • Discuss why policing online spaces can be difficult
  • Demonstrate how to report illegal online content

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