Lesson Plan

Online Status

How to build a secure online identity
Julie M.
Classroom teacher
Washington Township Middle/High School
Valparaiso, United States
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Students will be able to...

  • Understand their digit footprint
  • Protect their personal information
  • Avoid online creeps
English Language Arts
Grades 6 – 8
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 The Hook

Show video at the start of class.   After the video, lead a discussion about what types of information should be posted on-line.

Student Instructions

Essential Question:  How do you take control of your digital footprint?

2 Direct Instruction

Show the slides How to Avoid Online Creeps.  Lead students on a discussion about making the best decisions with regards to posting and sharing information.  

Student Instructions

Answer the following questions:

  1. Who should you "friend" online?
  2. What types of comments should you post?
  3. Sometimes you may find inappropriate comments online.   What would you consider an inappropriate comment that you should tell an adult about?

3 Independent Practice

Walk around the room and talk to students about protecting themselves online.   Answer questions students may have.  

Student Instructions

Read about how you can build a secure on-line identity and watch the video about protecting yourself online.   Answer the following questions:

  1. If your friend asked you for advice on building a secure online presence, what two tips would you give him/her? 
  2. After watching the video and reviewing the information, what are you going to do differently? 

4 Wrap Up

Activity: Creating

Instruct students to create an infographic promoting National Cyber Security Awareness Month.   

Student Instructions

Now that you have learned how to be safe online, it is your turn to teach others how to be safe as well.   Create an infographic to promote the National Cyber Security Awareness Month.