Educators' approach to internet safety in the classroom has changed as technology and our use of it continues to evolve. In the past, digital citizenship lessons on internet safety focused more on dos and don'ts, like do create safe passwords and don't talk to strangers online. While secure passwords are certainly important for technology users of all ages, and stranger danger is nothing to take lightly, most internet safety dilemmas are much more nuanced.\nThe best internet safety lessons recognize the complexity of these topics and help students build the critical-thinking skills and habits of mind to navigate the dilemmas they encounter. Below are the best internet safety lesson plans for students in grades K\u201312. See the full Common Sense K\u201312 Digital Citizenship Curriculum for lesson plans on additional digital citizenship topics.\nKindergarten Internet Safety Lesson Plans\nSafety in My Online Neighborhood\nHow do you go places safely online?\n\tThe power of the internet allows students to experience and visit places they might not be able to see in person. But, just like when traveling in the real world, it's important to be safe when traveling online. On this virtual field trip, kids can practice staying safe on online adventures.\nFirst Grade Internet Safety Lesson Plans\nPause & Think Online\nHow can we be safe, responsible, and respectful online?\n\tFrom our head down to our toes, and our feet up to our nose, the Digital Citizens teach students how to be safe, responsible, and respectful online.\nInternet Traffic Light\nHow do you stay safe when visiting a website or an app?\n\tStaying safe online is a lot like staying safe in the real world. Using a fun traffic light activity, students learn how to identify "just right" content, giving them the green light to learn, play, and explore the internet safely.\nSecond Grade Internet Safety Lesson Plans\nThat's Private!\nWhat kinds of information should I keep to myself when I use the internet?\n\tStaying safe online is a lot like staying safe in the real world. By helping a Digital Citizen sign up for a new app, students learn about the kinds of information they should keep to themselves when they use the internet -- just as they would with a stranger in person.\nWho Is in Your Online Community?\nHow are we all part of an online community?\n\tWe are all connected on the internet! By learning the Rings of Responsibility, students explore how the internet connects us to people in our community and throughout the world. Help your students think critically about the different ways they connect with others, both in person and online.\nThird Grade Internet Safety Lesson Plans\nPassword Power-Up\nHow can a strong password help protect your privacy?\n\tStronger, more secure online passwords are a good idea for everyone. But how can we help kids create better passwords and actually remember them? Use the tips in this lesson to help kids make passwords that are both secure and memorable.\nOur Digital Citizenship Pledge\nWhat makes a strong online community?\n\tBelonging to various communities is important for kids' development. But some online communities can be healthier than others. Show your students how they can strengthen both online and in-person communities by creating norms that everyone pledges to uphold.\nFourth Grade Internet Safety Lesson Plans\nPrivate and Personal Information\nWhat information about you is OK to share online?\n\tIt's in our students' nature to share and connect with others. But sharing online comes with some risks. How can we help kids build strong, positive, and safe relationships online? Help your students learn the difference between what's OK to share and what's best left private.\nKeeping Games Fun and Friendly\nHow can I be positive and have fun while playing online games, and help others do the same?\n\tSocial interaction is part of what makes online gaming so popular and engaging for kids. Of course, online communication can come with some risks. Show your students how to keep their gaming experiences fun, healthy, and positive.\nFifth Grade Internet Safety Lesson Plans\nYou Won't Believe This!\nWhat is clickbait, and how can you avoid it?\n\tThe internet is full of catchy headlines and outrageous images, all to make us curious and get our attention. But kids don't usually realize: What you click on isn't always what you get. Show your students the best ways to avoid clickbait online.\nDigital Friendships\nHow do you keep online friendships safe?\n\tKids make friends everywhere they go -- including online. But are all these friendships the same? How can kids start online friendships and learn ways to stay safe? Help your students understand both the benefits and the risks of online-only friendships.\nSixth Grade Internet Safety Lesson Plans\nDon't Feed the Phish\nHow can you protect yourself from phishing?\n\tInternet scams are part of being online today, but many kids might not be aware of them. How do we help our students avoid being tricked into clicking malicious links or giving out private information? Use this lesson to help kids avoid online identity theft and phishing schemes.\nChatting Safely Online\nHow do you chat safely with people you meet online?\n\tGames, social media, and other online spaces give kids opportunities to meet and chat with others outside the confines of their real-life communities. But how well do kids actually know the people they're meeting and interacting with? Help students consider whom they're talking to and the types of information they're sharing online.\nSeventh Grade Internet Safety Lesson Plans\nBig, Big Data\nHow do companies collect and use data about you?\n\tEvery time we go online, we're giving away information about ourselves. But just how much data are companies collecting from us? Hint: It's probably a lot more than we realize. Show your students these three tips on how to limit the data that companies collect.\nMy Social Media Life\nHow does social media affect our relationships?\n\tFor most middle schoolers, being on social media can mean connecting with friends, sharing pictures, and keeping up to date. But it can also mean big-time distractions, social pressures, and more. Help students navigate the different feelings they may already be experiencing on social media.\nEighth Grade Internet Safety Lesson Plans\nBeing Aware of What You Share\nHow can you protect your privacy when you're online?\n\tKids share a lot of information whenever they go online -- sometimes on purpose, sometimes not. But do they understand that online privacy isn't just what they say and post? Help your students learn about their digital footprints and the steps they can take to shape what others find and see about them.\nSexting and Relationships\nWhat are the risks and potential consequences of sexting?\n\tIt's natural for teens to be curious about their emerging sexuality. But most middle schoolers aren't prepared for the risks of exploring this in the digital age. Help students think critically about self-disclosure in relationships and practice how they'd respond to a situation where sexting -- or a request for sexting -- might happen.\nNinth Grade Internet Safety Lessons\nThe Big Data Dilemma\nWhat are the benefits and drawbacks of online tracking?\n\tMany of us are aware that we're being tracked when we go online. It's one of the ways our favorite websites and apps know how to recommend content just for us. But how much information are companies actually collecting? And what are they doing with it? Digging into the details can help us make smart decisions about our online privacy and how to protect it.\nChatting and Red Flags\nHow can you tell when an online relationship is risky?\n\tGetting to know someone online, without nonverbal cues or being able to see them, can be risky -- from simple misunderstandings to manipulation. Help students navigate and avoid these situations before they go too far.\nTenth Grade Internet Safety Lessons\nRisk Check for New Tech\nWhat privacy risks do new technologies present, and how do we decide if they're worth it?\n\tNew tech, like location services and smart devices, helps make our lives easier and opens opportunities that didn't exist before. But these innovations also come with a cost -- especially to our privacy. Help students consider the benefits and drawbacks of these new technologies -- and decide whether they're ultimately worth it.\nRewarding Relationships\nHow can I make sure my relationships are positive and healthy?\n\t"It's complicated" can describe many of our relationships with others, both romantic and otherwise. Add digital devices and social media to the mix, and things get complicated even further. Help students take the first step toward building healthy and rewarding friendships and romantic relationships, both online and off.\nEleventh Grade Internet Safety Lessons\nHow Young Is Too Young for Social Media?\nAt what age should people be allowed to use social media?\n\tKids have to be at least 13 to sign up for most social media platforms. But we know that many tweens work around the restriction. In doing so they can connect with peers and have fun, but they're also vulnerable to a number of risks -- mainly overuse and challenges to their social-emotional health. Reflecting on age-appropriate content and behaviors can help students think through social media's effects on all of us, regardless of our age.\nTwelfth Grade Internet Safety Lessons\nDebating the Privacy Line\nShould the government have access to all your social media and cellphone data?\n\tOften, the more information we have, the better decisions we're able to make. The power of data can benefit both individuals and governments. But who can be trusted with the responsibility of having all this data? Can governments collect and use it fairly and without violating our privacy? Help students think through this question and become thoughtful influencers of data policy and practice.