Cyber Safety

Cyber Safety

Author: Evonne Dotson

Students will learn about what it means to be digital citizens.

Students will understand the importance of using courtesy and respect online. 

Cyber safety is probably one of the most relevant lessons that can be taught to students today. Most kids and young adults are well acquainted with cell phones, computers, iPads, Kindle’s etc. all of which can have internet access. I believe most students do not realize the potential dangers of communicating with an unknown person online or how words used online can be harmful to others.This lesson is created to inform students about how to become responsible digital citizens.

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Common Core Standards

CCSS ELA Standard RI.6.7

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Iste Standards


Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:



advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.


exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.


demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.


exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.




Student Directions

To begin our lesson today on being a good Digital citizen we are going to watch the following video.

  • write down five main points you find interesting while watching the video
  • then after the video I will lead you into discussion with your table partners about the video

Heads Up: Stop, Think, Click

A short video about appropriate use of sharing media.

Source: Online Guard. gov

Student Directions

  • Classroom monitors pass out the packet on online safety and then all students wait for my instructions.
  • I will read the first page with you and then split you into five groups of five. Each group will read the assigned page or pages I will give to you.
  • All students will all read at least one short paragraph to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to read.
  • While reading, the students will write down 10 different ideas, thoughts or opinions about what they will read.  Everyone will write 10 different points each.

Living Life Online

A packet that gives details about different aspects about being a digital citizen.

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Source: On Guard Online.gov retrieved March 25th, 2014

Student Directions

  • You will remain in your groups to work on your word/ picture web (circle map) and everyone will contribute at least two points to present to the class.
  • Classroom monitors will pass out large sticky note paper and and markers etc.
  • You will have thirty minutes to read and complete the word/picture web.
  • You will present your web to the class and each person has to share at least one point from their web. Each group will have 3 minutes to share their web. While the other groups are sharing all students are writing down at least three points form each presentation.


Circle Map Example

This an example describing the purpose of a circle map. The students will use this type of map to present to the class.

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Source: Circle Map. retrieved on March 26th, 2014. www.wappingersschools.org/cms/lib01/NY01001463/.../Circle_Map.pdf

Student Directions

  • For the group quiz you will remain in your groups and work together to answer the questions.
  • Each group will have 45 seconds to answer the question given by the teacher.
  • Each group will rotate on who will answer a question for their team.
  • If a question is not answered by the first team chosen then the question goes to the next team.
  • Each team gets a total 30 seconds to answer the question given by the teacher.
  • The team who receives the most points will receive a small prize from the prize box.


The Wrap Up: More to Think About

The Wrap Up:

Students will have a few minutes to share personal experiences about being online. For homework students will watch the video and answer the questions posted on the google form.


This is what you will read and watch for your homework.

Student Directions


​Click next when you open the page in Evernote web clipper (the link above) and then click the link on the top left corner to take you to the full page.

If the page does not work click here:   http://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/cyberbullying-whats-crossing-the-line

Source: Common Sense Media.org

Cyber bullying What's Crossing the Line?

This a Google form for the students homework.