High School Internet Safety Resources

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Overview

Integrating Internet Safety and Digital Ethics into the high school classroom includes:

  • Periodically throughout the year observe national, state and local net safety events with specialized activities.
  • Matching lesson content with cyber character education in the classroom or lab to provide "snippets" on net safety focus points.
  • Discussions of social issues of the web and how they relate to their social lives offline.

General Activities Include

  • Watch videos and engage in discussion about net safety topics.
  • Use current events and classroom related topics to initiate discussion on their relationships to the internet, digital ethics and cyber character.
  • Teachable moments including web based research for all classes, language arts activities, Health/PE (Family Life), Social Studies/Government projects.
  • Use Web 2.0 tools for collaborations with other students including blogs.

Grades 9-12 Focus Points

  • Cyber Character: Social Networking
  • Cyber Security
  • Online Communications: Email, IM, Chat Rooms, Blogs, Gaming
  • Cyber Predators
  • Intellectual Property & Fair Use
  • Career/Job ethics in relation to cyber character

Focus Point #1   Cyber Character: Social Networking

Objectives:

  • Students will be able to draw correlations between cyber and physical communities.
  • Students will be made aware of the laws and rules applicable to cyber and physical communities.
  • Students will distinguish between appropriate vs. inappropriate online materials.
  • Students will discuss issues related to cyber bullying and cyber ethics.
  • Students will critique privacy issues as they relate to safe website design.

Activities/Resources:

  • Discuss the computer safety rules that are posted in the lab and the division Acceptable Use Agreement.
  • Use web pages to explore various risks that teens may encounter on the internet. (See high school resources below.)
  • Photojournalism, Communications classes: Spotswood High School video clips on net safety for voting in class "which one did you like best and why"
  • Students can create their own public service announcement after viewing PSA from web. Example: Chesapeake Public Schools High & Middle Schools Public Service Announcements
  • Government class (Grade 12): Collaborate with Resource Officer to provide information on "Class Action" topics including personal information online and cyberbullying
  • English class (Grade 9): Provide a 9th Grade Orientation with assistance from Media Specialist to include discussions on research, passwords, online communities
  • Discussion on passwords and compromising your accounts. Video Netsmartz: Broken Friendships

Terminology: cyber bully, cyber harrassment privacy, "social networking"  

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Focus Point #2   Cyber Security

Objectives:

  • Students will discuss issues related to identity theft, malicious code, phishing and pharming, and spyware.
  • Students may also relate current event issues to Homeland Security, National Student Watch, and Acceptable Use Policies.
  • Students examine issues with privacy and protecting personal data.

Activities:

Terminology: identity theft, malicious code, phishing, pharming, spyware, fraud, urban legend  

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Focus Point #3   Personal Safety: Online Communications, Email, IM, Chat Rooms, Blogs, Gaming

Objectives:

  • Students will learn what they should and should not do to keep themselves safe while engaging in online communications.
  • Students will understand the danger of choosing the wrong friends to interact with online.
  • Students will understand issues concerning misinformation including fraud, urban legends and spam.

Activities:

  • Discuss the computer safety rules that are posted in the lab and the division Acceptable Use Agreement.
  • Computer Literacy classes discuss gaming ethics and interactions with malcontents known as griefers and cyberbullys
  • Government class (Grade 12): Collaborate with Resource Officer to provide information on "Class Action" topics including personal information online and cyberbullying
  • Sociology class or health class (9th): harrassment and appropriate verbal communication(Netsmartz video (You Can't Take It Back)
  • English class (Grade 9): Provide a 9th Grade Orientation with assistance from Media Specialist to include discussions on research, passwords, online communities
  • AirDogs game from WebWiseKids.org
  • Discussion of online crime, urban legends and fraud using www.snopes.com

Terminology: AUP, "urban legend", hoax, "good vs bad password", harrassment, griefer, dissing, cyberbully  

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Focus Point #4   Personal Safety: Cyber Predators

Objectives:

  • Students will be made aware of characteristics and grooming processes of online predators.
  • Students will research current statistics on internet safety and predator activity on the web including DOPA.
  • Students will examine the types of "risky behavior" that attract predators. The "Top Five Risky Behaviors to Avoid"

Activities:

  • Sociology class or Health/PE class: View and discuss Katies story: WebWiseKids.org - Katie's Story Video-Top Rated-Real Person
  • Class Discussion on how young people represent themselves online. Use MySpace as a resource to start a conversation about contemporary fashion, ideals, and media images.
  • Sociology class, family life class or any class teaching communication: Use the document "Online Predators and Their Victims" as a reference point for class discussion, short papers, etc.
  • Using Danah Boyd's article at Knowledge Tree, discuss why the web makes it more dangerous to live socially in public.

Terminology: cyber bully, disclosure, privacy, "social networking", "privacy setting", stalker, DOPA  

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Additional Resources for High School Classroom Use

Related Standards Of Learning

  • C/T 9-12.3 The student will demonstrate knowledge of ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology.
  • C/T 9-12.4 The student will practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.
  • C/T 9-12.6 The student will use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
  • C/T 9-12.7 The student will evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.
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