Students in grade four are using the Internet and they need to learn skills to be safe online and practice good digital citizenship. Here is a hands-on lesson that I am currently using with grade four students. It includes activities related to making “digital footprints” and the permanence of what they do online, online safety, and digital citizenship.
Students explore what it means to take on responsibilities in both their offline and online communities as a way to learn how to be good digital citizens.
Students sit in circles, which depict the “Rings of Responsibility,” in order to explore the responsibilities they have to themselves, friends and family, and larger communities, both offline and online.
Students will be able to …
reflect upon their offline responsibilities.
examine their online responsibilities.
learn that good digital citizens are responsible and respectful in the digital world (and beyond).
Hector’s World is cybersafety initiative from New Zealand to help young people learn about safe online practices and digital citizenship. More Information is available for parents and teachers including lesson plans and resources at http://hectorsworld.netsafe.org.nz/
We’ve broken out specific links to episodes below. Most of these use Flash video so a computer with Adobe Flash and speakers would be required.
All media should be previewed and determined by the classroom teacher if they are appropriate for their audience.
Your Personal Information Online 5 Episodes that talk about what you put online and why others may want that information for nefarious purposes. Key take away for students is to always ask a trusted adult before providing information online. The five episodes should be watched in sequence.
1. Details Details 2. Welcome to the Carnival 3. It’s a Serious Game 4. The Info Gang
Cyberbullying – Interactive and Music Video A key take away for students is to speak with a trusted adult whenever something makes them feel uncomfortable.
1. You’re Not Alone – Interactive Episode
2. Turn it Around – Music Video – YouTube Version
Computer Security – Interactive and Music Video Key take aways for students
Use strong passwords
Do not share your accounts or passwords other that with your parents or trusted adults.
Be careful what you download or click on! Check with a trusted adult before downloading anything.
Talk to an adult if something goes wrong with your technology, don’t try an hide it.
Guided blogging is an excellent writing, communicating, critiquing (kind helpful specific), and collaborating activity. It can be used in many places in the curriculum and can be an excellent and safe way to allow students to publish for an audience.
Some suggested resources for teachers wanting to get into blogging are
We have a public page where we share a variety of resources around technology and safety. Digital Citizenship and Safety is of significant importance! One of those resources listed is this scope and sequence.