11-16 5 - 60 minutes

Building a positive online reputation


How aware are your students of their digital footprint, and do they know how a positive online reputation can affect their future success? Using the activities on this page, support students to identify the positive and negative impacts of sharing information with people online. 

 Teaching resources:

  • Personal brand: Building a positive online reputation: Lesson plan and presentation slides – full lesson plan for use with a group of students in the classroom
  • Reputation in the workplace: Facebook live film – short film which can be used to start the lesson to provide an overview of the topic

Lesson plan

(45 - 60 minutes)

This lesson is designed to help students understand the significance of their digital footprint and how having a positive online reputation and managing your 'netiquette' is crucial to aiming high.

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

  • Understand what is meant by online reputation
  • Identify ways information can be shared online with different people and the positive and negative impact this can have
  • Create posts that can help build a positive online reputation

Facebook live film

(5 minutes)

By using the Reputation in the workplace film as a starter activity to this lesson, students will begin to understand the importance of building a positive reputation for themselves and to do this. This film has been made in partnership with education charity The Talent Foundry, and has been adapted from a Facebook live session.

Continue thinking about reputation in the workplace with LifeSkills 


There is plenty of other LifeSkills content to continue discussing the importance of reputation in the workplace. Try out our 'Online reputation in the workplace' and 'Communicating digitally in the world of work' and why not build the importance of reputation as a focus in your students’ curriculum? Refer to our Content guide to find out how this LifeSkills resource can be used in lessons.


Explore this topic even further at BBC Teach and challenge your students to take the test assessing their social media presence. Here you will also find a film exploring why we take risks online, along with top tips.


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