Grades 6-8 Internet Safety Resources
Middle School/Junior High Activities
Safe and responsible use of social networking, websites, chat rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, etc.
Recognizing, avoiding and reporting online solicitations by sexual predators.
Risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet.
Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive online communication.
Recognizing and reporting online harrassment and cyberbullying.
- Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line, from Common Sense Media. Download and teach the lesson lesson plan, which includes watching a brief video entitled Stacey's Story. (Note: Downloading some Common Sense Media resources may require teachers to sign up for a free account.)
- What's Cyberbullying? from Common Sense Media. Download and teach the lesson plan, which includes a worksheet, That's Cyberbullying Handout. (Note: Downloading some Common Sense Media resources may require teachers to sign up for a free account.)
- After teaching Personal is Personal (above), teach Be Respecful to Yourself and Others (Lesson 2). Download the "Playing and Staying Safe Online" Instructor Handbook. After reviewing Lesson 1, use the Lesson 2 lesson plan. Complete Lesson 2: Actions to Take with Online Bullies from the student handouts.
- Work through the interactive case study Cyberbullying: Not Just Name-Calling, from Cablevision's Power to Learn. View the Teacher Guide Here.
- Download and teach the lesson plan that accompanies the NetSmartz video Terrible tEXt. Read and discuss the list of "Stuff to Know" in the sidebar.
- Read and discuss the list of "What to Report."
- Introduce the term "Cyberbullying" by watching and discussing the NetSmartz video: Cyberbullying
- Watch and discuss the NetSmartz video: You Can't Take It Back. Download and teach the activity plan for this video.
- Watch and discuss the NetSmarz Video: Broken Friendship. Download and teach the activity plan for this video.
- Download and teach the "Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding" lesson plan and activity worksheets.
- Copy and discuss the MySpace Cyberbullying: Tips for Taking Action page.
- Copy, read and discuss the NetSmartz "Tips to Prevent Sexting" list.
- After teaching lessons on cyberbullying, have kids demonstrate their knowledge of terms by completing theCyberbullying Word Find and/or the Cyberbullying Crossword Puzzle, both from the Cyberbullying Research Center.
Reporting illegal online activities and communications.
- Read and discuss the list of What to Report
- View and discuss the CyberTip Hotline site. Explain/demonstrate how to submit a report. HOWEVER: Do not submit the report. Emphasize that this is taken very seriously, like a call to 9-1-1.
- Download and teach the Can You Hack It? lesson plan and activity worksheets.
Understanding copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music and video.
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