Media and Communications, Professional Learning
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Middle School
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    Digital Citizenship Lesson

    Digital Citizenship Lesson


    This lesson is to teach student how to protect their digital privacy online.


    The purpose of this lesson is to teach students about protecting their privacy online.  The format of this lesson is face-to-face, although it could be adapted for virtual learning.  This lesson should take about 50 minutes.  The material used during this lesson comes from Common Sense Education.

    Student Prior Knowledge

    Students will need to know about the internet and apps before this lesson.


    The learning standard for this lesson is ISTE 2d, which states, "Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online."

    The objective for this lesson is that students learn how they can protect their digital privacy while interacting with others online.

    Instructional Procedures

    1.  Start by showing Slide 4 from the Being Aware of What You Share Online presentation.  Discuss what it would be like if the students were able to read minds.  What are things that you might want to keep private?  Introduce the lesson by talking about different things that you might want to keep private online.  (10 minutes)

    2.  Give students the Being Aware of What You Share Online Worksheet.  Begin by discussing the story from the worksheet.  Ask students how they would feel if this happened to them.  Give students 5 minutes to answer the questions on their worksheet with a partner.  When students are finished with the worksheet discuss the responses with the class (5 minutes)

    3.  Go through Slides 6-11 from the Google Slides presentation.  Talk about the situation and ask the questions mentioned on each page.  Give students time to think about and respond to each slide.  (15 minutes)

    4.  Talk about privacy policies and where you can find them online.  This is Slides 12-13 from the Google Slides presentation.  (5 minutes)

    5.  Summarize what you have learned today from Slide 14.  


    In order to assess what the students have learned, the students will write a plan for protecting their privacy online.  This can be done as an exit ticket or as a homework assignment.  Students should write at least one paragraph (5 sentences) describing how they are going to change what they do in order to protect their privacy online.