Lesson Plan

private and personal information

private and personal information
derya k.
Classroom teacher
Pioneer Charter School of Science
Everett, United States
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My Grades 2, 3, 4

In this lesson students learn to think critically about the user information that some websites request or require.They will learn the difference between private and personal information, distinguishing what is safe and unsafe to share online.

  • learn about the benefits of sharing information online, but also about the safety and security risks of sharing certain types of information. 
  • understand what type of information can put them at the risk for identify theft and other scams..
  • distinguish between personal information, which is safe to share online, and private information, which is unsafe to share.
English Language Arts
Grades 3
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5 minute  warm ups 

What is identity theft?

Using someone else’s private information to pretend to be that person.

How does personal information and private information differ?

Private information, such as a Social Security number, is unsafe to share. It should be kept private so that identity thieves cannot use it. Personal information, such as your favorite food, cannot be used by identity thieves and is safe to share. Even though personal information is usually safe to share online, you might choose not to share this information, and that’s fine.

What would be a good rule for kids about giving out private information online?

They should not share it online without the permission of a teacher, parent, or guardian.