They will be expected "develop an understanding" of different ways to communicate online, it was revealed.
Improving keyboard skills, using websites such as the online dictionary Wikipedia and learning how to employ spell-checkers will also form part of the biggest overhaul of lessons for 20 years.
In mathematics, children will be expected to use spread sheets to prepare budgets and manage their money.
And in new-style "well-being" lessons, teachers will raise awareness about bullying via the internet and mobile phones, staying safe on-line and using software piracy and computer security settings.
The proposals are contained in draft copies of a new curriculum for five- to 11-year-olds.
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