Grade 5

Digital Friendships

How do you keep online friendships safe?
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This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

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.

Students will be able to:
  • 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.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 45 mins.
Warm Up:
Who Do You Chat With?
5 mins.
Compare and Contrast:
Two Scenarios
20 mins.
Benefits and Risks
10 mins.
Wrap Up:
Finish the Story
10 mins.

What You'll Need

Student and family resources also available in Spanish
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Lesson Slides
Student Handout: Sita's Online Friendships Student Version
Student Handout: Finish the Story Student Version
Lesson Quiz Student Version Answer Key
Take-home resources
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