Internet Safety Resources
For a quick, no-nonsense approach to teaching Internet Safety at your grade level, visit the Toolkit for Teachers, from Common Sense Media.
Grades 6-8 Internet Safety Resources
Many thanks to Collinsville Unit 10 Schools for publishing their Internet Safety Curriculum as a guide to help all schools get started on this project! Please note: Most of the links on this page will open in a new window. Please disable your pop-up blocker, or select "Always allow pop-ups from this site."
- Watch the Illinois Attorney General's Internet Safety Webinar, or visit the Illinois Attorney General's Stop Cyberbullying Web site.
- Illinois Attorney General's Internet Safety Resources, Grades 6-8
- Illinois Attorney General's Internet Safety Quiz for Parents "How Aware RU?"
- Illinois Attorney General's Online Safety Tips
- Illinois Attorney General's Online Safety Tips for Kids
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.
- Download the Savvy Online Talk and Messaging lesson plan and activity worksheets.
- Watch the NetSmartz video: Julie’s Journey (Watch Julie's Journey video). Download and teach the short lesson plan or longer activity plan for this video.
- Watch the NetSmartz video: Amy’s Choice (Watch Amy's Choice video). Download and teach the short lesson plan or longer activity plan for this video.
- Show students how to navigate the Cyber Tip Line web site to report solicitation from a sexual predator (Do not actually submit! Explain to students that they take this information very, very seriously, like a 9-1-1 call.)
- Download the "Gender Stereotypes Online" lesson plan and activity worksheets.
Risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet.
Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive online communication.
- Work through the interactive case study Misinformation - Truth or Spoof? from Cablevision's Power to Learn. View the Teacher Guide here.
- Have the class take the SonicWall Phishing IQ test online to see if they know how to tell real email messages from phishing messages.
- Watch "Steering Clear of Cyber Tricks." Download the Instructor Booklet for more teaching ideas. Download theStudent Handouts for duplication. Download the Workshop presentation to lead discussion. (Note the discussion script in the "Notes" window at the bottom of the editing screen.)
Recognizing and reporting online harrassment and cyberbullying.
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.
- Work through the interactive case study Music Downloading - Paying the Piper from Cablevision's Power to Learn. Download, print, display & discuss the sign Support the Arts - Buy Music. View the Teacher Guide Here.
- Work through the interactive case study Fair Use - Beg, Borrow, or Steal? from Cablevision's Power To Learn. Download a copy of Power to Learn's Quick Guide to Fair Use, duplicate and discuss with students. View the Teacher Guide here.
- Download and teach the "Rework, Reuse, Remix" lesson plan and activity worksheets.
- Download and teach the "How to Cite a Site" lesson plan and activity worksheets.
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