Lesson Plan

PRIVATE! Setting Up Rules for Online Sharing

Students examine the differences between sharing online and offline and develop their own guidelines for safe online behaviors.
Jan H.
Technology Coach
Huntsville City Schools
Huntsville, United States
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages
Objectives

Students will be able to...

  1. Define privacy in offline and online settings.
  2. Explain the differences between sharing offline and sharing online.
  3. Identify which types of personal information are safe and unsafe to share online.
  4. Understand potential dangers of sharing too much personal information online.
  5. Evaluate potential safety risks of online shared information.
Subjects
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Grades 6 – 9
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 What does it mean when something is private?

Activity: Exploring

Lead a discussion about privacy using the following questions:

  • What does it mean when something is private?
  • Do you care about privacy in your room? At school?
  • What steps do you take to maintain your privacy at home or at school?

 

 

2 Offline Privacy Survey

Have students take the Offline Privacy Survey in Google or Microsoft Forms and share the anonymous survey results.

3 Offline Sharing Safety

  1. Divide students into groups and have them discuss how each survey result affects students’ personal safety. Which sharing options are the safest and why?
  2. Copy the linked Everyday Life Sharing Guidelines padlet template into your own padlet.
  3. Share your Everyday Life Sharing Guidelines padlet with your class.
  4.  Have the groups mark each sharing category in the padlet as either: always safe, sometimes safe, never safe.
  5. Discuss completed chart.

4 What does it mean when something is private online?

Activity: Exploring

Lead a discussion about privacy using the following questions:

  • What does it mean when something is private online?
  • How is online privacy different than real life privacy?
  • Do you care about privacy when you’re online?
  • What information do you try to keep private online?
  • What steps do you take to maintain your online privacy?

5 Online Privacy Survey

Have students take the Online Privacy Survey in Google or Microsoft Forms and share the anonymous survey results.

6 Online Sharing Safety

  1. Divide students into groups and have them discuss how each survey result affects students’ personal safety. Which sharing options are the safest and why?
  2. Copy the linked Online Life Sharing Guidelines padlet template into your own padlet.
  3. Share your Online Life Sharing Guidelines padlet with your class.
  4.  Have the groups mark each sharing category in the padlet as either: always safe, sometimes safe, never safe.
  5. Discuss completed chart.

7 Offline VS Online Sharing Safety

Activity: Conversing
  1. Project both complete padlets side-by-side.
  2. Discuss the similarities and differences between them.

8 Online Sharing Safety Rules

  1. Download and save the Online Sharing Safety Rules Template.
  2. Distribute digital or print copies of the Online Sharing Safety Rules Chart to your students.
  3. Have them fill in the types of information they might share. Then, next to each type of information, have them mark the sharing categories as Always Safe, Sometimes Safe, Usually Safe or Never Safe.

9 Put it to the test!

  1. Have students use Fakebook to create a fake facebook page for a fictional or historical character.
  2. On their fakebook pages, students should overshare some information.
  3. Download and save the Sharing Safety Evaluation Form.
  4. Distribute digital or print copies of the Sharing Safety Evaluation Form to your students.
  5. Have students exchange fakebook pages with another student and fill out a Sharing Safety Evaluation for the shared fakebook page.
  6. Have students give their Sharing Safety Evaluations to the Fakebook page owners.
  7. Discuss:
  • Which types of shared information were safe?
  • Which types were unsafe and why?
  • Is anything shared online ever really private?

10 Extension Activity

Activity: Creating

Have students research the privacy settings for various online platforms (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, etc) and create User Guides on how to adjust privacy settings that will optimize online safety.