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PVUSD Net Safety Plan 6-8

Recognizing and reporting inappropriate online behavior

Topic: Recognizing and reporting inappropriate online behavior
Lesson Title: How should you handle inappropriate online talk?

Introductory Question(s) and or background information: 

This lesson is about 45 minutes and has three teaching components including the video section.

1)  INVITE students to raise their hand if they have ever heard the saying, “Don’t talk to strangers.”
2)  ASK: How might this “rule” change when we communicate online?
3)  DEFINE: Vocabulary term "opportunity", "inappropriate", "risky", "harass"

Discuss that connecting with people online may not always be safe and that they can get into inappropriate situations. It is important to knew how to identify an inappropriate situation and how to deal with it.

Video URL or Scenario:

Perspectives on Chatting Safely Online

Follow up questions:

1)  Ask the student to self reflect in a journal or a blog.
2)  What are some of the opportunities and some of the pitfalls of connecting with people online?
3)  In what online situations should you get a “gut feeling” that tells you that you may be at risk?  What should you do when you get this "gut feeling"?
4)  What are some rules for staying safe when talking and messaging online?

Lesson URL if applicable: 

Common Sense Media lesson: Safe Online Talk (6-8)

Additional Information:

This lesson has a video of a teacher actually teaching it. Online Talk: What's Safe and What's Risky?
All the handouts are included.


Additional Resources:

Be Internet Awesome- Tower of Treasure: Secure Your Secrets (game)

BBC- Internet Safety: Caught in the Web (log in required)

Brain Pop- Information Privacy

Be Internet Awesome- Reality River: Don’t Fall For Fake (game)

Be Internet Awesome- Mindful Mountain: Share with Care (game)

Cyber Bullying


Topic: Cyber Bullying
Lesson Title: Cyber Bullying: Crossing the Line

Introductory Question(s) and or background information: 

1)  What are some ways that you and your friends tease each other online or in person for fun?

2)  When does teasing "cross the line" and become harmful?  What are some signs, and what does it feel like to be in that situation?

Video URL or Scenario: 

Common Sense Media: Stacey's Story: When Rumors Escalate

Follow up questions: 

1)  Does bullying count if it happens at home?  Should you tell your school if you're being cyber bullied at home?
2)  Is cyber bullying the same as, worse than, or better than bullying that happens in person?
3)  What would you do if you found someone bullying someone from your school online?
4)  When do you think the behavior of the girls in the video "crossed the line"?

Lesson URL if applicable: 

Common Sense Media: Crossing the Line (6-8)

Additional Information:

Another lesson on cyber bullying from Common Sense Media; "Be Upstanding"


Additional Resources:

Be Internet Awesome- Kind Kingdom: It’s Cool to Be Kind (game)

Childnet- Who should you tell? (The Smart Crew)

Understanding copyright laws


Topic: Understanding copyright laws
Lesson Title: Internet Copying

Introductory Question(s) and or background information: 

1)  When we talk about Cut-Copy-Paste, what are we talking about?

2)  Have you ever used creative work you found online – for example, a photo or a poem – for personal use?

3)  What do you think we mean when we talk about someone’s creative work?

Video URL or Scenario:  Common sense Media: Copyright and Fair Use Animation

Follow up questions: 

1) How do you think you would you feel if someone used your creative work? Would it make a difference whether they did the following:
     • Asked your permission to use it?
     • Gave you credit as the creator?
     • Changed the picture or added a caption without asking you?
2)  What are 3 reasons why copying from the internet is a bad idea?
3)  What might happen to you when your teacher finds out that you copied from the internet?
4)  What are the "4 points of fair use"?
     *Only use a small amount of the work
     *Add new meaning to the work to make it original
     *Rework it and use it in a totally different way
     *Use it for non profit purposes- you can't make money off of it

Lesson URL if applicable: Copyrights and Wrongs (9-12)


Additional Information:

Another Common Sense Media lesson plan, "Rework, Reuse, Remix": 

Additional Resources:

Wikihow- Cite a site

Brain Pop- Plagiarism (log in required)

Brain Pop- Copyright (log in required)

Brain Pop- Paraphrasing (log in required)

Digital Literacy


Topic: Effective Internet Search Techniques- Intro to concept

Lesson Title:BrainPop Internet Search

Objective: students learn how to use keyword searching and basic boolean functions to narrow searches to specific information

 Brain Pop: Internet Search (log in required)


Topic: Evaluating Websites for validity (higher level)
Objective: Students learn to analyze websites by identifying information that validates the website.

Opening questions:

  1. How do you know that the information you learn from a website is accurate?
  2. How can you prove that what you read on the internet is true?
  3. Have you ever read information on the web that later you found out was false?
  4. How does false information hurt your learning?

Students explore three given websites and then fill out a verification form for whether the website is authoritative and valid for the information being sought.

Website Evaluation Process

Teacher or students choose 3 additional websites, ideally related to curricular content and then students run through the same verification process

Website Evaluation Form


Additional Comprehensive Lessons from ReadWriteThink

Hoax or No Hoax? Strategies for Online Comprehension and Evaluation

Inquiry on the Internet: Evaluating Web Pages for a Class Collection


Lessons on Media Literacy and Informed Conclusions from "Above the Noise"

Classroom Guide for Above the Noise

Above the Noise (YouTube channel)

KQED Education website: Above the Noise