Teach your students the basics of how to be a good digital citizen. This interactive PowerPoint bundle includes lessons on internet safety, internet etiquette, and internet credibility- all with animations, quizzes, and fun!
Overview of Internet Safety PowerPoint:
• The PowerPoint begins by introducing 3 rules to help keep students safe on the internet.
• Rule 1: Don't Share Private Information- Students learn what info is safe to share and what to keep private, that not everyone on the internet is who they say they are and some people on the internet want to use their private information to harm them, and that their parent should be know about and approve of any online friends.
• Rule 2: Tell Someone if Something on the Internet Makes You Uncomfortable-Students learn to watch for several red flags when communicating on the internet and to tell a trusted adult if anything makes them uneasy or uncomfortable.
• Rule 3: Don't Download Anything without Permission- Students learn about spam and how some people will try to trick them into downloading harmful viruses or giving out private information.
• The lesson ends with interactive review questions.
Overview of Internet Etiquette PowerPoint:
• Students learn the 3 main reasons people are often meaner on the internet than in real life. 1) You forget an actual person is behind the screen. 2) You don't see their reaction. 3) You don't experience the same social consequences from acting unkind.
• Students learn about cyberbullying with tips on what bystanders should do and what those being bullied should do.
• Students learn about their digital footprint and how asking questions like, "Will I be embarrassed by this or regret it?" can help them choose wisely how to represent themselves online.
Overview of Internet Credibility PowerPoint:
• Students learn that not all information they read on the internet is true. They learn about different types of false stories and several reasons people might want to spread them.
• Students learn 5 questions to ask themselves before believing or sharing something on the internet.
• #1 Does It Sound Unbelievable?- If something sounds outrageous, it probably is. Students learn to go to credible fact-checking websites to check if a story is accurate.
• #2 Are There Frequent Errors?- Frequent typos, grammatical errors, words in all caps and lack of punctuation are red flags.
• #3 Does It Make You Feel a Strong Emotion?- Some articles are written to make you feel a strong emotion like anger so they can override your reason and manipulate your views.
• #4 Are Other Places Reporting It?- If you can only find one site reporting on a story, this is suspicious. Students learn to use a search engine to check if multiple sources are reporting on a story.
• #5 Who Wrote It?- Sometimes finding out who wrote a story can help you determine if something is reliable or not.
• Students learn that false stories are sometimes called "Fake News." They learn what is and isn't fake news. Fake news is when false information is purposely spread. Fake news is NOT just information you don’t like or an opinion you disagree with.
Note to teachers: The second PowerPoint does contain unkind language and words (ugly, hate, stupid, and loser) in examples related to cyberbullying. I don’t like to include language like this in general, but I think examples are important and need to be realistic so students can recognize them.If I used milder words such as “dork”, some students may dismiss this lesson as out of touch and not helpful or relevant to what they may actually be experiencing. However, because you know your particular class best, the PowerPoint is editable and you can change any words you want.