Digital Citizenship & Internet Safety Unit Lessons

Digital citizenship refers to the new codes of conduct we all must adopt be safe, responsible, and respectful participants in today’s digitally connected culture. Excerpted from Common Sense Media

In these lessons, we will explore various topics through in-class discussions, videos, and discussion questions on Edmodo. Please remember these topics can be sensitive, and I expect you to take this seriously, even if you think you know everything there is to know about Internet Safety.

Online Safety

Safe Online Talk

Probing Quesions: After watching this video, what stories do you relate to the most? Aseal, Renee, or Randy? Why?

Internet Safety Tips from Common Sense Media:

If you develop a friendship with someone online ask yourself the following questions:
  • Has this person asked me to keep anything secret?
  • Has this person asked me about anything private?
  • Have I felt pressured by this person to do anything?
  • Do I feel true to myself - sticking to my values - when I talk to this person?
If someone starts chatting with you about inappropriate topics, or asks you to send a picture of yourself, end the conversation immediately. and never plan a face-to-face meeting with someone you met online without taking a parent or guardian along.

Social Networking

Internet Predators
  • Probing Questions: Listen to these stories...what kind of decisions will you make about who is really your friend? Who should you meet in person? How can you really be safe?
  • Survivor Diaries
  • Julie's Journey
  • Amy's Choice

Other Video Resources

Netsmartz Tip Sheets
NSTeens Videos
3 Great Videos About Staying Safe Online
Detecting Lies and Staying True
Playing and Staying Safe Online
Staying Safe on YouTube

Final Project - Public Service Announcement (PSA)

You will create a visual presentation (using Powerpoint, Google Presentation, Glogster, Garageband or Voicethread) that is designed to inform the general public about Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety.
Your PSA should be developed in these steps:
  1. Discuss and view PSA Examples 1 or PSA Examples 2
  2. Brainstorm a plan for your PSA in teams.
  3. Review the topics we have covered in class. Conduct additional research if necessary to gather information for the PSA.
  4. Develop a detailed plan for your PSA using Planning Sheet.
  5. Find images or quotes to use in your PSA.
  6. Organize, edit, and fine tune your PSA.
  7. Create a Works Cited list in Noodletools.
  8. Complete the PSA Project Checklist.
  9. Turn in your final PSA project and project checklist on Edmodo.

PSA Project Checklist

Share your Planning Sheet and Project Checklist with your partner and Mrs. Murphy on Google: