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Elementary School
Lesson Plans (K-2nd)
Lesson Plans (3rd-5th)
CyberSafety Posters
Interactive CyberSafety Sites
CyberSafety Videos
Other CyberSafety Resources



Middle School
Lesson Plans
eBooks
Video Resources


Intermediate School
Lesson Plans
Other Resources
High School
Lesson Plans
Other Resources
Videos


Elementary School
 

 Grades K - 2 Lesson Plans

Unit Category Title Description
1
Internet Safety Going Places Safely Students learn that they can go to exciting places online, but they need to follow certain rules to remain safe.
Information Literacy (Research) A-B-C Searching Students search for pictures online by clicking on letters of the alphabet. They learn that directory sites with alphabetical listings offer one way to find things on the Internet.
Privacy and Security Keep It Private Students learn that many websites ask for information that is private and discuss how to responsibly handle such requests.
Copyright
Information Literacy (Research)
My Creative Work Students are introduced to the concept of having ownership over creative work. They practice putting their name and date on something they produce.
Relationships and Communications Sending Email Students explore how they can use email to communicate with real people within their schools, families, and communities.
2 Internet Safety Staying Safe Online Students understand that they should stay safe online by choosing websites that are good for them to visit, and avoid sites that are not appropriate for them.
Information Literacy (Research) Follow the Digital Trail Students learn that the information they put online leaves a digital footprint or “trail.” This trail can be big or small, helpful or hurtful, depending on how they manage it.
Cyberbullying
Relationships and Communication
Screen Out the Mean Students learn that children sometimes can act like bullies when they are online. They explore what cyberbullying means and what they can do when they encounter it.
Information Literacy (Research) Using Keywords Students understand that keyword searching is an effective way to locate information on the Internet. They learn how to select keywords to produce the best search results.
Information Literacy (Research) Sites I Like Students discuss criteria for rating informational websites and apply them to an assigned site. Students learn that all websites are not equally good sources of information.
3 Privacy and Security Powerful Passwords Students explore reasons why people use passwords, learn the benefits of using passwords, and discover strategies for creating and keeping strong, secure passwords.
Relationships and Communication My Online Community Students explore the concept that people can connect with one another through the Internet. They understand how the ability for people to communicate online can unite a community.
Information Literacy (Research) Things for Sale Students examine product websites and understand that the purpose of the site is to encourage buying the product. Students learn methods used to promote products on these sites.
Relationships and Communication Show Respect Online Students explore the similarities and differences between in-person and online communications, and then learn how to write clear and respectful messages. 
Relationships and Communication Writing Good Emails Students learn how to communicate effectively by email, taking into account the purpose and audience of their message, and the tone they want to convey.
  Privacy and Security Privacy Playground: The First Adventure of the Three CyberPigs Students and parents learn about protecting personal privacy on commercial websites, internet safety tips for ages 8-10, safe surfing habits and establishing rules for the family related to using the Internet.


Grades 3 - 5 Lesson Plans

Unit Category Title Description
1
Relationships and Communication
Self-image and Identify

Rings of Responsibility Students explore what it means to be responsible to and respectful of their offline and online communities as a way to learn how to be good digital citizens.
Privacy/Security and Information Literacy (Research) Private and Personal Information How can you protect yourself from online identity theft? Students think critically about the information they share online.

Internet Safety
Cyberbullying
The Power of Words Students consider that they may get online messages from other kids that can make them feel angry, hurt, sad, or fearful. Students identify actions that will make them Upstanders in the face of cyberbullying.
Information Literacy (Research) The Key to Keywords Students learn strategies to increase the accuracy of their keyword searches and make inferences about the effectiveness of the strategies.
Copyright
Information Literacy (Research)
Whose Is It, Anyway? Students learn that copying the work of others and presenting it as one’s own is called plagiarism. They also learn about when and how it's ok to use the work of others.
2 Privacy and Security Strong Passwords Students learn how to create secure passwords in order to protect their private information and accounts online.

Relationships and Communication
Self-image/Identify
Digital Citizenship Pledge Students work together to outline common expectations in order to build a strong digital citizenship community. Each member of the class signs a We the Digital Citizens Pledge.
Privacy and Security You've Won a Prize! Students learn what spam is, the forms it takes, and then identify strategies for dealing with it.
Information Literacy (Research) How to Cite a Site Students reflect on the importance of citing all sources when they do research. They then learn how to write bibliographical citations for online sources.
Copyright
Information Literacy (Research)
Self-Image and Identify
Picture Perfect Students learn how photos can be altered digitally. They will consider the creative upsides of photo alteration, as well as its power to distort our perceptions of beauty and health.
3 Internet Safety
Relationships and Communication

Talking Safely Online Students learn that the Internet is a great place to develop rewarding relationships. But they also learn not to reveal private information to a person they know only online.
Relationships and Communication
Self-image and Identify
Super Digital Citizen Students explore Spider-Man's motto, "with great power comes great responsibility" through the lens of digital citizenship. They create comic strips show a digital superhero who witnesses an act of poor digital citizenship, and then helps resolve it.
Privacy and Security Privacy Rules Students learn that children’s websites must protect their private information. They learn to identify these secure sites by looking for their privacy policies and privacy seals of approval.
Cyberbullying
Relationships and Communication
What's Cyberbullying? Students explore how it feels to be cyberbullied, how cyberbullying is similar to or different than in-person bullying, and learn strategies for handling cyberbullying when it arises.
Information Literacy (Research)
Self-image and Identity
Selling Stereotypes Students explore how the media can play a powerful role in shaping our ideas about girls and boys. They practice identifying messages about gender roles in two online activity zones for kids
  Relationships and Communication Group Think Students learn that people their age sometimes think and behave differently in groups than they would if each person was alone.  They are introduced to the idea of being an "upstander" in order to keep their communities positive.
 

CyberSafety Posters and Pledges

 
Interactive CyberSafety Sites and Games
CyberSafety Videos

Other CyberSafety Resources

Middle School
 
 Lesson Plans

5th Grade
  • Digital Netiquette -   *video resource
  • Digital Citizenship Pledge - Students work together to outline common expectations in order to build a strong digital citizenship community.  Each member of the class signs a We the Digital Citizens Pledge.
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Video Resources

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 eBooks

Webster's Gecko Goof - Webster learns that you can't trust everything online!
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--Discussion Guide
--Printable Book

The Princess's Password - Nettie learns important rules about passwords when her virtual castle is destroyed.
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--Discussion Guide
--Printable Book

Delivery for Webster - Webster learns an important lesson about pop-ups and personal information. 
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--Delivery for Webster Ad Lib worksheet
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--Printable Book




 Lesson Plans
  • My Media - Students take a look at their media habits and the role digital media plays in their lives. *video resource
  • Top Secret - Students understand what it means to protect their own privacy online and to respect the privacy of others as well.

 Resources

High School

Lesson Plans
  • Digital Life - Students test their knowledge of digital media, learn some statistics about media use, and draw conclusions about positive and negative ways digital media affects them and influences the larger culture.  *video resource (2:42)     *video resource (8:55) NEW!
  • Online Ethics - Students discuss their understanding of the concept of online ethics and learn about the different levels of online responsibility.
  • Internet Privacy - Students explore the concept of privacy in their lives as it relates to using the Internet, how websites collect personal information, and what they can do about it.  
  • Who Has Your Data? - Students analyze the benefits and risks of online tracking and targeting and learn strategies for managing what happens with their own online data.  *video resource
  • Overexposed - Students examine the risks and responsibilities of relationships that come with living in a digital world.  *video resource
  • Private Today, Public Tomorrow - Students reflect on their responsibility to protect the privacy of others when posting information about them online.
  • College Bound - Students learn that everything they or anyone else posts about them online can affect their future opportunities by becoming part of their digital footprint.  *video resource