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PASD Middle School CyberSafety
Curriculum Lesson Topics

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Unit
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Digital Citizenship
Dealing with Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line
Cyberbullying: Not a Pretty Picture
Digital Security
Tracking Teresa & Angela's Experience
Personal & Private Information
Your Online Profile
Digital Communication
Who's your Friend on the Internet?
Julie's Journey/
How Much is Too Much?/Tracking Teresa
Teen PSA: Promises/
Amy's Choice
Digital Media
Whose Is It, Anyway?
Considering Copying
Can You Hack It?


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Middle Cybersafety Curriculum Grade 6




Unit

Topic

Lesson

Resources
Digital Citizenship- understanding, practicing, and respecting rights & responsibilities, while making ethical & accountable decisions when online
Dealing with Cyberbullying
Lesson Objective:- understand what cyberbullying is and identify ways to handle cyberbullying situations
Introduction:
1. Discuss positive aspects of cyberspace
Instruction:1. What's the Problem Activity: Read each scenario on the activity sheet and write answers to the questions. Share responses and discuss as needed. Have students share uncomfortable online situations they have been involved with.
2. Think About it Activity: After reading Feeling Uncomfortable, ask students to find words to describe emotions found in this paragraph and the first activity sheet.
3. After reading Recognizing Cyberbullying, create a definition of cyberbullying.
4. Read and discuss Taking Action section of the activity sheet. Return to activity sheet 1 and make changes to their original responses
5. Create cartoon/comic showing how to handle cyberbullying.
Extension:
1. Role play giving advice about cyberbullying
Lesson Plan:
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/cyberbullying/lessons/6-8/dealing_with_cyberbullying/

Activity Sheets:


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Digital Security- exercising precaution & protection while making safe & secure decisions when online
Tracking Teresa & Angela's Experience
Lesson Objective:
- help students recognize dangers on the Internet
Introduction:
1. Hand out the "All About Me" worksheet. Have students circle any information that should not be revealed online. Share and discuss. Point out what safe/unsafe information was included.
Instruction:
1. Prepare to show students "Angela's Experience" vignette. Have students divide a piece of paper into two columns. As they are watching the video, record the safe and unsafe online behaviors they see.
2. Share lists with the class and discuss.
"Angela's Experience" vignette:
http://www.netsmartz.org/stories/angela.htm

Lesson Plans:



Lesson plan from www.netsmartz.org
Digital Communication- communicating with others through the use of technology while
practicing etiquette & civility and making conscientious & honorable decisions when online
Who's Your Friend on the Internet?
Lesson Objective:
- understand the dangers on the Internet
Introduction:
1. Discuss the differences between communicating with someone you know versus someone you haven't met before.
2. Discuss the ability that others have to tell lies on the Internet and why that is easier done via the Internet than in person.
Instruction:
1. Introduce/review the Internet Safety pledge from www.netsmartz.org.
2. Complete situation cards from netsmartz lesson plan. Students should reference the Internet safety pledge when discussing possible solutions.
Extension:
1. Compare the District Acceptable Use Policy to the Internet Safety Pledge from www.netsmartz.org
Lesson Plans:


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Digital Media- using others' created works while making legal & proper decisions when online
Whose Is It, Anyway?
Lesson Objective:
- Describe plagiarism, it's consequences, and acceptable conditions for copying
Introduction:
1. Complete activity sheet 1 from www.cybersmartcurriculum.com.
Instruction:
1. Complete activity sheet 2 from www.cybersmartcurriculum.com. Explain how plagiarism is dealt with on your team or in your school.
2. Review activity sheet 1 and make any changes or additions.
3. Review lesson by having students define plagiarism, explain how the Internet impacts plagiarism, and when it might be acceptable to copy.
Extension:
1. Have students take an original work, read it, and then re-write it in their own words. Compare what they wrote to the original version. Discuss similarities and differences.
Lesson Plan:
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/digitalcitizenship/lessons/4-5/whose_is_it_anyway/

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Middle Cybersafety Curriculum Grade 7




Unit

Topic

Lesson

Resources
Digital Citizenship- understanding, practicing, and respecting rights & responsibilities, while making ethical & accountable decisions when online
Cyberbullying:
Crossing the Line
Lesson Objective:
- review threatening bullying behaviors and give solutions for dealing with cyberbullying and threats
Introduction:
1. Discuss ways students can send messages via the Internet. Review the positive and negative aspects of electronic communication.
Instruction:
1. Complete activity sheet 1 from www.cybersmartcurriculum.com.
2. Read and respond to think about it section.
3. Review the formal definition of cyberbullying.
4. Review solutions to scenarios
5. Assess understanding of information by asking students to explain what is considered cyberbullying and what they should do if they are involved in a cyberbullying situation.
Lesson Plan: http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/cyberbullying/lessons/6-8/cyberbullying_crossing_the_line/

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Digital Security- exercising precaution & protection while making safe & secure decisions when online
Personal and Private Information
Lesson Objective:
- explain what identity theft is and the differences between personal and private information
Introduction:
1. Discuss websites requiring user information. How do you determine what information is safe to give over the Internet?
Instruction:
1. Complete activity sheets 1 and 2 in pairs/groups. Review and discuss as needed. Focus on what identity theft is, why it is important to be aware of the information they are giving out via the Internet, and the difference between personal and private information.
2. Have students make a collage using magazines. Compare this process to creating an online profile. Have students share their collage/profile.
3. Ask questions to review the information including what identity theft is and what is considered personal and private information.
Extension:
1. Review websites requiring user information. Determine if the information is personal or private.
Lesson Plan:
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/safetysecurity/lessons/6-8/private_and_personal_information/

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Digital Communication- communicating with others through the use of technology while practicing etiquette & civility and makingconscientious & honorable decisions when online
Julie's Journey/How Much is Too Much/
Tracking Teresa
Lesson Objective:
- help students realize the dangerous situations on the Internet and protect themselves against cyberbullying
Introduction:
1. Have students explain what they think "The Internet is a tool like a knife" means.
Instruction:
1. Show "Tracking Teresa" vignette from www.netsmartz.org. Students should write down personal information given about Teresa. Discuss how giving this information could be dangerous.
2. On a note card, have students write their names and three statements about themselves. Two of the statements should be true, and one should be false. Have students share their statements and have the class determine which statement is false. This activity should help students understand that they do not have a way of knowing if people are telling the truth on the Internet.
Extension:
1. Complete Internet Safety Action Plan
"Tracking Teresa" vignette:
http://www.netsmartz.org/stories/teresa.htm

Lesson Plan:




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Digital Media- using others' created works while making legal & proper decisions when online
Considering Copying
Lesson Objective:
- understand copyright laws, hacking, and plagiarism
Introduction:
1. Ask students to think about something they have created or made. How would they feel if someone took it and said it was theirs?
Instruction:
1. Role playing activity (see lesson plan link)
2. Complete activity sheets 2 & 3. Review and discuss as needed.
3. Return to role playing. Revise responses based on information learned from the activities. 4. Ask questions to review the content of the lesson: What are copyright laws? Why are they important? What is plagiarism? What is hacking?
Extension:
1. Research copyright laws on the Internet.
Lesson Plan:
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/digitalcitizenship/lessons/6-8/considering_copying/

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Middle Cybersafety Curriculum Grade 8




Unit

Topic

Lesson

Resources

Digital Citizenship- understanding, practicing, and respecting rights & responsibilities, while making ethical & accountable decisions when online
Cyberbullying:
Not a Pretty Picture
Lesson Objective:
- determine what cyberbullying means and how to deal with cyberbullying situations
Introduction:
1. Discuss the different uses for cell phones.
Instruction:
1. What's the problem activity sheet: Read the scenario and discuss responses
2. Complete think about it section of activity sheet. Ask students to share personal stories relating to cyberbullying
3. Have students role play the scenario, changing parts as they feel necessary. Present role play to the class.
4. Review lesson by having students define what cyberbullying means and what impact cyberbullying can have on other people.
Extension:
1. Review the school's acceptable use and discipline policy, looking for information on cyberbullying and cell phones. Discuss whether changes should be made.
Lesson Plan:
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/cyberbullying/lessons/6-8/cyberbullying_not_a_pretty_picture/

Activity Sheets:


Lesson plan from www.cybersmart.org
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Digital Security
- exercising precaution & protection while
making safe & secure decisions when online
Your Online Image
Lesson Objective:
- Discuss unintended audiences that may be viewing online profiles
Introduction:
1. Discuss places where students could be found and what images others may have of them in those different places, including the Internet.
Instruction:
1. Analyze the problem student sheet in pairs - have students discuss the given scenarios and questions.
2. Read and discuss the information under Think About It.
3. Each group should prepare a short presentation on the problem they were given. They may chose the type of presentation (skit, debate, etc.). Present to the class and discuss as needed.
4. Discuss activity sheet 3.
5. Ask students how they feel about unintended audiences viewing their online profiles.
6. Review understanding of the lesson by having students explain what audiences may be viewing their online profile and how they will deal with unintended audiences.

Extension:
1. Write a letter to an authority figure explaining how unintended audiences may be viewing their online profiles and what changes they will make based on this information.
Lesson Plan:
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/digitalcitizenship/lessons9-12/your_online_image/

Activity Sheets:
http://www.cybersmartcurriculum.org/digitalcitizenship/lessons9-12/your_online_image/

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Digital Communication
- communicating with others
through the use of technology while
practicing etiquette & civility and making
conscientious & honorable decisions when online
Teen PSA: Promises and Amy's Choice
Lesson Objective:
- recognize the dangers of the Internet
Introduction:
1. Show students the Public Service Announcement (PSA) on promises. When finished, students osuld explain how the title relates to the PSA.
2. Discuss promises that someone met online might make and compare those to promises that a trusted adult might make.
Instruction:
1. Watch "Amy's Choice" vignette from www.netsmartz.org.
2. Discuss questions based on the vignette.
3. Have students determine what advice they might give someone in the same situation.
Extension:
1. Read Amy's story from her mother's perspective
Teen PSA: Promises:
http://www.netsmartz.org/stories/teenPSA.htm

"Amy's Choice" vignette:
http://www.netsmartz.org/stories/amy.htm

Amy's story from her mother's perspective:
http://www.netsmartz.org/news/amystory.htm

Teen PSA lesson plan:

Amy's Choice lesson plan:

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Digital Media
- using others' created works while
making legal & proper decisions when online
Can You Hack It?
Lesson Objective:
- understand computers and files as personal property, consequences of hacking, and how unauthorized entering of computer systems is illegal
Introduction:
1. Discuss what "mischief night" might look like. Ask students what they think might be wrong wtih something like this and why kids may do it.
Instruction:
1. Complete activity sheet 1
2. Complete activity sheet 2 - read and discuss
3. Return to activity sheet 1 and make changes as needed.
4. Complete the activity on activity sheet 2
5. Complete a mock "peer court" role play with all students participating. Discuss as needed.
6. Questions for review: Ask students who computers you connect to belong to? Why is it wrong to enter another person's computer? What impact does hacking have on others?
Extension:
1. Research "hackitivism" on the Internet. Discuss as a class.
Lesson Plan:
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/mannersbullyingethics/lessons/6-8/can_you_hack_it

Activity Sheets:


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