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PVUSD Net Safety Plan 3-5

Recognizing and reporting inappropriate online behavior

Topic: Recognizing and reporting inappropriate online behavior
Lesson Title: Understanding Online "Friends"

Introductory Question(s) and or background information: 

1)  How do you chose your friends?
2)  Should you talk to strangers?  Why?
Download the "Am I Safe on the Internet Checklist" under 3rd-5th grade.
Have students complete the checklist, watch the video below, then have a discussion.

Video URL or Scenario: 

NetSafe: Understanding Online "Friends"

Phineas and Ferb PSA on online safety: Get Cybersmart with Phineas and Ferb

Follow up questions: 

1. Why isn't it a good idea to meet new people through the internet?
2. What are some examples of people who would be a safe choice for online friends?
3. What should you do if somebody that you've never met in person wants to be your "friend" online?
4. Is it a good idea to friend somebody because you have a mutual friend, but you don't actually know them yourself?

Lesson URL if applicable:

For a different lesson plan, use the link to the Common Sense Media lesson "Talking Safely Online":


Additional Information:


Common Sense Media: 5 consejos para la seguridad de los niños en internet

Common Sense Media: Los niños y el internet


Additional Resources:

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

Netsmartz- Password Rap (video)

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

Brain Pop- Information Privacy

Understanding copyright laws


Topic: Understanding copyright laws
Lesson Title: Copyright

Introductory Question(s) and or background information: 

1)  How do you show, or could you show, that an idea belonged to you and not someone else?
2)  How would you feel if someone took credit for something you created?
3)  Go over vocabulary definitions : plagiarism, copyright, citation, respect.
4)  How would you feel if someone took credit for your work?   

Video URL or Scenario:

Brain Pop- Copyright (log in required)

Follow up questions:

1)  Define, copyright, infringement, respect, citation.  Give examples for each of the definitions. 
2) What is the main purpose of copyright?
3)  How would you feel if you created something and someone else took credit for it?  
4)  How can you prove you were the one who created the work?
5)  Why should we give credit to who created the work?
6)  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: 

Brain Pop- Copyright: lesson ideas

Additional Information:

Interactive question and answer site about copyright and fair use: Adventures of Cyberbee


Brain Pop- Plagio (log in required)


1)  Según lo visto en la película, ¿que sea un ejemplo de plagio?

2)  ¿Cuál es la mejor manera de citar fuentes en línea sin plagiar?

3)  A menudo se dice que plagiar es como engañarse a uno mismo. ¿Por qué es así?

Additional Resources:

Wikihow- Cite a site

Brain Pop- Plagiarism (log in required)

Brain Pop- Paraphrasing (log in required)

Social Networks


Topic: Social Networks
Lesson Title: Social Networking Privacy and Safety

Introductory Question(s) and or background information: 

1) What is a social network?
2) Have you ever used a social networking site (Facebook, Twitter, etc)?

Tim and Moby talk about how social networks are a great way to communicate with friends and family and share interests. While social networks are fun, it's important to know how to use them responsibly and safely. Learn how to protect your privacy and be careful with the information you give and who you give it to.

Video URL or Scenario:


Follow up questions:

1) What is social networking?
2) Are there any rules I should follow when I’m using social networking sites?
3) What should you share in your online profile?

Lesson URL if applicable: 

BrainPop Educators: Social Networking

Ohlone Elementary Social Networking Tech Safety Plan


Brain Pop: Redes Sociales (log in required)



1)  ¿Qué debes hacer si alguien que no conoces te pregunta si quieres ser su amigo o amiga en un sitio de redes sociales?

2)  ¿Que es una desventaja de los sitios de redes sociales?

Additional Resources:

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

Childnet- What should you accept? (The Smart Crew)

Digital Literacy

Topic: Effective Internet Search Techniques

Lesson Title:BrainPop Internet Search

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

Videos and Activities

Moby and Max: 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

ReadWriteThink: Hoax or No Hoax? Strategies for Online Comprehension and Evaluation

Additional Resources:

Childnet- What is reliable? (The SMART Crew)


Cyber Bullying


Topic: Cyber Bullying
Lesson Title: Cyber Bullying

Introductory Question(s) and or background information: 

1)  What is bullying?  What is cyber bullying?
2)  What can I do to protect myself against bullies and cyberbullies?

Video URL or Scenario:

Brain Pop: Cyberbullying (log in required)

Follow up questions: 

1)  What should you do if someone is being cyber bullied?

Possible responses:

*Tell an adult

*Block the sender

*Save or screen shot the messages, and show an adult

*Report the user

*Stand up for the person who is being bullied

2)  What should I do if somebody I don't know is sending me emails?

3)  Someone is sending me messages on my cell phone but I don't know who it is. What do I do?

Lesson URL if applicable: 

BrainPop Educators: Cyberbullying Lesson Ideas

Additional Information:


Brain Pop: Ciberbullying (log in required)


1)  ¿Cuál es la mejor forma de demostrar que estás siendo víctima del ciberbullying?

2)  ¿Por qué ignorar un correo agresivo puede ser la mejor manera de reaccionar?

3)  ¿Qué tienen en común los acosadores cibernéticos con los acosadores regulares?

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

Common Sense Media Lesson: The Power of Words

Kidscape: Cyberbullying (Advice for young people)