Grade 9

Chatting and Red Flags

How can you tell when an online relationship is risky?

Having conversations online, without nonverbal cues or being able to see people, can be awkward and sometimes even risky -- with drawbacks from simple misunderstandings to manipulation or inappropriate messages. Help students navigate and avoid these situations before they go too far.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the types of messages that might cause a red flag feeling for someone.
  • Use the Feelings & Options thinking routine to analyze and respond to a situation involving a red flag feeling.
Key Vocabulary: grooming (online)  ·  red flag feeling
grooming (online):
when someone older uses chatting or messaging to befriend and manipulate a child or teenager into an in-person meeting for the purpose of sexual abuse or sex trafficking
red flag feeling:
when something happens that makes you feel uncomfortable, worried, sad, or anxious
Relationships & Communication
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

Lesson Plan

45 mins.

What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Sheyna's Situation Handout Teacher Version
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources