Digital Rights & Responsibilities (Secondary): the privileges and freedoms extended to all digital technology users, and the behavioral expectations that come with them
Online Safety: Lesson Plan PDF


Part I – Introduction

When it comes to Internet safety, many students do not worry about it. They think they are immortal. They are very trusting of others even though parents tell their kids "don't talk to strangers". Everyone wants to feel connected and what might start out as an innocent online chat with a new cyber friend could turn sinister. How do teens really know who they are talking to? Is it a 13 year old girl or a 50 year old man? Currently, there are over 600,000 registered sex offenders in the United States and 150,000 of them have been lost in the system. Many of them communicate freely on the Internet and share predatory "tricks of the trade". Learn how to protect yourself from Internet predators.

Part II – Class/Advisory Activities

•  Videos



Tracking Teresa (4:58 minutes)
Julie's Journey (3:11 minutes)
BrainPop Online Safety – Tips and Rules (required subscription)

•  Discussion Questions



  1. What type of information posted or given to online strangers can help them find you?
  2. What pictures that are posted online could help predators find you?
  3. Why is it important to set your social networking accounts (like MySpace and Facebook) to private?
  4. What should you do if someone online makes you feel uncomfortable?
  5. How would you respond to a friend who is thinking about meeting someone online?

•  Activities



  1. Cyber Security Awareness
  2. Tracking Teresa - view video and discuss
  3. Julie's Journey - view video and discuss

Part III – Reflection

•  Writing Prompt(s)  
  1. What are the advantages of social networking sites? What are the disadvantages? Have you ever met anyone new online? How do you know a person online is who he / she says they are?
  2. A friend posts pictures and / or information about you on his / her social networking site for public viewing. Why is this dangerous for you and your family?

•  Journal Writing


  1. How do you feel about talking to strangers online?
  2. Which is more important to you a relationship with your parents or a stranger online?
  3. Why is it important to keep your parents "in the loop" about what you are doing on the Internet?

Part IV – Extension Activities

•  Class/Advisory – School Activities



Write a flirtatious note to yourself. How would you feel about getting that note from someone you liked or someone you didn't like or didn't know anything about? How does this apply to talking to strangers online?

•  Home Interaction Links



Talk to your parents about setting rules for online safety at home and keeping them "in the loop" with your Internet activities.

Part V – Resources

WebWiseKids - A White Paper


Internet Safety Statistics

Protecting Kids Think Before You Post (Video)

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