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Safe Online Talk (6-8)

How should you handle inappropriate online talk?

While acknowledging the benefits of online talk and messaging, students consider scenarios in which they may feel uncomfortable, or may encounter inappropriate behavior on the Internet. Students first watch a short video in which teens share their rules of the road for connecting with others online. Through a guided class discussion, students then learn strategies for recognizing and responding to risky online interaction. Finally, students work in groups to rate the riskiness of several online scenarios using the Internet Traffic Light Student Handout.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • describe positive aspects of online talking and messaging.
  • identify situations in which flirting and chatting become inappropriate and risky.
  • understand rules for safe online messaging, and feel empowered to deal with uncomfortable situations when communicating online.


Alignment with Standards

Common Core State Standards:

Grade 6: RI.7, RI.8, W.4, W.6, W.10, SL.1a, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.6, L.6

Grade 7: RI.10, W.6, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.5, SL.6, L.6

Grade 8: RI.10, W.4, W.6, W.7, W.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.6, L.6

ISTE Standards:

2b, 3d, 6c, 6d, 7b, 7c, 7d


1a, 1b, 3d, 4a-d, 5a-f

Additional Lesson Materials

Family Tip Sheet
Student Activity Sheet