Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Information Privacy, and supports the standard of describing common safeguards for protecting personal information online. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: Why do you think it’s important to keep your personal information private? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Did You Know,” “Real Life,” or “Laws and Customs.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a tutorial explaining different strategies to protect your personal information online. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying different ways scammers might try to gain access to information, and how to protect yourself.
  • Creative Coding: Code a story in which a character gives tips to protect personal information online. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about information privacy. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • What should you look for before you share personal information online?
  • How is information sharing online similar to information sharing in real life? How is it different?   

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Information Privacy Challenge

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Continue to build understanding around digital citizenship with BrainPOP’s Digital Citizenship topics, games, and teacher resources.

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