As soon as children begin to visit the online world, they need the knowledge to do that safely, securely, responsibly.
There are several great programs available to guide students through this process (Common Sense’s Digital Passport, Carnegie CyberAcademy, Netsmart Kids). I’ve collected them as resources and developed a path to follow that includes the best of everything.
Students learn how to live in the digital world of internet websites, copy-righted images, and virtual friends who may be something different.
Essential Questions What is a ‘digital citizen’? How is being a citizen of the internet the same/different than my home town? What are the implications of digital citizenship in today’s world?
Objectives and Steps
The objectives of this lesson are:
Understand that computers can be used to visit far-away places and learn new things. Understand that staying safe online is similar to staying safe in the real world. Describe how to travel safely on the internet.