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

NOTE TO EDUCATORS:  

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Online Safety, and supports the standard of practicing safe and responsible use of information and technology. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask:

  • How do you know what is appropriate to post on the internet?

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 these Related Reading articles: “In Practice,” Laws and Custom,” and “Real Life”. Pair them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.
  • Have students analyze the Primary Source and answer the accompanying questions.

Step 3: APPLY

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

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a tutorial video outlining strategies for protecting personal privacy on the Internet. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying safety rules for using the Internet and explain why each rule is important.
  • Creative Coding: Code a sorting game challenging players to identify what is and isn’t appropriate to post online.

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

  • Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about online safety. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 
    • What should you do when you are being bullied online or you see someone else being bullied online?
    • How do you keep your private information private on the Internet?
    • What are some signs that someone might be trying to harm you or steal your information?

Step 5: EXTENDED LEARNING 

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

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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