Level: Elementary school, Middle school
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It’s pretty common to see children as young as three years old use a digital tablet, navigating menus with their hands, listening to music, and gazing at the screen’s moving images. Let’s face it, some of these three year olds may even be more knowledgeable about using digital devices than older members of today’s society. Even though most young children are under supervision when using devices, as they get older, they need less guidance and supervision. This is why it’s incredibly important to teach children to be safe and smart while using the Internet.
This video, Staying Safe on the World Wide Web, provides students with:
- a basic definition and overview of what the Internet is and how to access it
- the different types of information that they should be keep to themselves
- reasons as to why it’s important to stay safe on the Internet and what to look out for
- what to do if they see something that makes them feel uncomfortable
Here are some discussion questions that can be posed before, during, or after viewing the video:
- What types of activities have you participated in on the Internet? (Answers can include playing games, watching videos, listening to music, talking to family members, and others)
- Does your family have any rules in place that you must follow when using digital devices?
- What rules do you think you should follow when using the Internet?
- Have you ever seen anything on the Internet that made you feel uncomfortable? If so, what did you do? What should you do if you see something that makes you feel uncomfortable?
Looking for some extension activities? Here are a few options:
- Have students draft a safety contract. They can take their contracts home to share with their parents. Parents can modify or revise parts of the contract until both parties reach an agreement. Once students and parents are happy with the contract, they can both can sign off on it. You, the teacher, can sign off on it too!
- Students can design a poster that displays the rules they should follow when using the Internet. If you’d prefer to have your students use technology to create a project, students can design a poster or presentation using Google Docs, Google Slides, Microsoft Word, or another blank template option. Decorate the classroom and hallways with the students’ signs and/or share them with parents. You can even take pictures of the posters or set the online assignments as screensavers on your classroom computers.
- As a writing assignment, students can develop a fictional story or a nonfiction text about staying safe on the Internet.
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