LESSON 1: TALKING SAFELY ONLINE
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INTERNET FRIENDS AND IN-PERSON FRIENDS?
Students learn that, while people can develop rewarding friendships online, they should be cautious with online-only friends and never reveal private information without asking a parent or trusted adult for permission. They discuss the difference between online and in-person friendships, explore an online chat scenario, and complete and sign a checklist for safe online chatting.
LESSON 2: SUPER DIGITAL CITIZEN
HOW CAN PEOPLE HELP OTHERS BE GOOD DIGITAL CITIZENS?
Students explore what it means to be responsible and respectful to their offline and online communities as a step toward learning how to be good digital citizens. They create digital superheroes who exhibit exemplary attributes and are able to solve digital dilemmas in a responsible way.
LESSON 3: PRIVACY RULES
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF A WEBSITE PROTECTS YOUR PRIVATE INFORMATION?
Students learn that children’s websites must protect their private information. They learn to identify these secure sites by looking for their privacy policies and privacy seals of approval.
Students discuss a scenario in which their private information is shared without their permission. They then learn about private information and privacy laws regulating kids’ websites. Using the Privacy Checklist Student Handout, students explore the privacy policies on kids’ websites.
LESSON 4: WHAT IS CYBERBULLYING
WHAT IS CYBERBULLYING, AND HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH IT?
Students discuss positive and negative aspects of interacting with others online. They learn the definition of cyberbullying and help the teacher fill in a Venn diagram that compares in-person bullying with cyberbullying.
They then read a story of a student who is cyberbullied, identifying the players involved and how the target might feel.
LESSON 5: SELLING STEREOTYPES
HOW DO WE LEARN ABOUT STEREOTYPES OF BOYS AND GIRLS FROM THE WORLD AROUND US?
Students are introduced to the concept of a stereotype, and they explore the messages they receive regarding differences between boys and girls. They first watch and discuss a video of a little girl questioning why companies market boys’ and girls’ toys differently. Then they compare and contrast gender stereotypes portrayed in two LEGO® online activity zones.