Online Safety

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Estimated Time:15 minutes

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Available Languages: English, Spanish

Vocabulary: Internet safety, audience, bulletin, forum, network, online community, online safety, private site, public site, web design, web page, website


  • Students learn smart practices for using public online communication tools, such as blogs, forums, comments, and media sharing sites.
  • Students learn how to publish text and photos to public websites.
  • Students learn how to change the settings on social media and other collaborative applications to allow more than one user to add and edit content.
  • Students learn the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to public online communication.
  • Student consider how the information they post or publish online can affect others.
  • Students understand the permanent nature of publishing information online.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology Use 

Information Technology > Technology and Society > Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology Use 

Audience Definition 

Information Technology > Digital Communications > Audience Definition 

Communication to Others

Information Technology > Student Use > Communication to Others

Communication to Others 

Information Technology > Student Use > Communication to Others 

Create Communication Products 

Information Technology > Digital Communications > Create Communication Products 

Digital Citizenship

Information Literacy > Student Use - Digital Media > Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship 

Digital Literacy > Student Use > Digital Citizenship 

Listening / Pay Attention

Language Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Comprehension > Listening / Pay Attention

Network Servers 

Information Technology > Networking > Network Servers 

Notes Messages Correspondence Invitation Email

Language Arts > Writing > Letters / Correspondence > Informal > Notes Messages Correspondence Invitation Email

On-line Etiquette 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > On-line Etiquette 

Online collaboration

Information Technology > Internet > Online collaboration

Online collaboration 

Information Technology > Internet > Online collaboration 

Risks and Benefits of Use 

Information Technology > Mobile Applications > Risks and Benefits of Use 


Information Technology > Internet > Safety


Information Technology > Internet > Safety 

Security Options 

Information Technology > Internet > Security Options 

Security and Privacy 

Information Technology > Internet > Security and Privacy 

Sharing of Information 

Information Technology > Internet > Sharing of Information 

Social Media

Language Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Personal Use > Social Media

Social Networking 

Information Technology > Internet > Social Networking 

Student Communication with Others 

Information Technology > Digital Communications > Student Communication with Others 

Web Programming 

Information Technology > Internet > Web Programming 
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Teacher Notes:

  • Some student may be proficient at posting information online, but often students this age do not think about consequences of their posts. It may be worthwhile to focus on evaluating examples of posts and creating appropriate posts versus inappropriate posts as an additional exercise before or after this lesson.

Extension Ideas:

  • Ask students to create a mock-post on a large piece of paper that is mostly text-based. Students will hang up their post-poster around the room. Have students then circulate around the room and comment on student posts. This will give them practice writing appropriate and relevant comments that will be seen and read by others. You can team students up depending on class size and time allowed.


S.2.a Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
S.2.b Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
S.2.c Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
S.2.d Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.
S.6.a Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
S.7.a Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
S.7.b Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
2-IC-22 Collaborate with many contributors through strategies such as crowdsourcing or surveys when creating a computational artifact. (P2.4, P5.2)
2-NI-05 Explain how physical and digital security measures protect electronic information. (P7.2)
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