Information Technology Education
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Lower Elementary
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    Education Standards

    Staying Safe Online

    Staying Safe Online


    This is a lesson designed to help students stay safe online.

    Teaching Kids to be Safe Online!


    • Time frame: 1-2 days depending on your schedule.
    • Format: face-to-face, but can be done virtual.
    • Common Sense Education and NetSafe UT


    Background for Teachers: Things to Prepare Before you Teach!


    • To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of...
    • Vocabulary:
      • The internet, web, tablet, computer, phone. "Just right" or appropriate content.
    • Book: Little Red Riding Hood, any original version will do.
    • The following resources can help you teach this topic...

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes: What Knowledge do we Want our Students to Gain?


    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to...
      • Describe how staying safe on the internet is like staying safe at home or at school.
      • Identify people who can help them stay safe on the internet.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will...
      • Draw a picture of them staying safe on the internet. This will include one of the rules they learned from Jenny Pritchett's poem  "Safety, It Rules" Found in the Common Sense Media lesson.
    • ISTE Standard 
      • 2b Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction: The Steps a Teacher will Take for this Lesson.



    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of neighborhood, family and school safety rules. 
    • Read Little Red Riding Hood  (any of the original verison's will do) to help student's activiate their prior knowledge and to begin a discussion on safety rules.

    Step 3 - Instruction: Let's Learn!


    Read Little Red Riding Hood to the students. Discuss the story with students to activate their prior knoweldge regarding strangers. Do we talk with strangers? Why not? Ask students to think of rules they have in their house. Have them think, pair and then share with a neighbor. Then have them share as a class. Discuss why they have these rules. Where did these rules come from? Why are these rules important to follow?

    Next, ask the students if they have ever used the internet before. Discuss what the internet is and what it can be used for as well as different ways we access the internet. Discuss if they have rules at home for getting on the web. Watch: Watch: What is the Internet? by NetSafe UT 

    Explain to the students that today, they will be learning some great way they can keep safe while using the internet at home or at school!

    Next, show What is Personal Information ? By Net Smart UT After the video, discuss some things that they learned in the video. Why is that important? Draw connections to "stranger danger" or what they have learned about people they don't know.

    Talk as a class that just as they have rules to safe when they visit new places, or even in their own neighborhood, we have rules that we need to follow. We are going to learn about these things we can do by learning a fun poem.  Share slides 6 and 7 from Common Sense Media Safety in my Neighborhood.

    Review slide 7 several times. Choral read it with the students. Then take away the slides and ask them to remind you what each rule states and why it would be important to follow.

    Finally, end the lesson with while it's important to be safe, sometimes things happen and we need to know what to do in these situations. Share with them Tell an Adult from NetSafe UT web page.

    Review what they can do to get help. Provide a few scenarios and ask student to share how they would respond in each situation.




    Watch: My Online Neighborhood by Common Sense Media

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Assessment: It would include observation based on the students ability to recall the rules learned and why. Additionally, students would work in small groups to create a poster of them staying safe online. It would include a picture of them and how they are staying safe online and at least one rule from the poem they learned.