Grade 5

Digital Friendships

How do you keep online friendships safe?

Kids make friends everywhere they go -- including online. But are all of these friendships the same? How can kids start online friendships and also learn ways to stay safe? Help your students understand both the benefits and the risks of online-only friendships.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Compare and contrast different kinds of online-only friendships.
  • Describe the benefits and risks of online-only friendships.
  • Describe how to respond to an online-only friend if the friend asks something that makes them uncomfortable.
Key Vocabulary: benefit  ·  private information  ·  risk
something positive that results from a situation
private information:
information about you that can be used to identify you because it is unique to you (e.g. your full name or your address)
something negative or dangerous that could come from a situation
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
  • Heart's Online Friendships Handout Teacher Version
  • Finish the Story Handout
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources