Lesson 1

Internet Safety

 

Lesson Goal:

To promote safe use of the Internet among children.

 

Lesson Objectives:

  • Describe some of the dangerous situations that could occur while using the Internet.
  • Describe three rules for using the Internet safely.

 

Content Standards Addressed:

Common Core State Standards

National Standards

 

The Internet is one of the fastest-growing resources. The educational capabilities for children on the Internet are vast. Children must also be aware of the dangerous side to the Internet in order to navigate safely. Some of these dangers include theft, cyber stalking or meetings with strangers met on the Internet. Exposure to inappropriate material is another danger of the Internet.

Laws are in place to protect children from dangerous practices on the Internet. One such law passed by the Federal Trade Commission states that children under the age of 13 need parental permission before giving out personal information on the Internet. This helps parents monitor the Internet material a child is viewing. The laws cannot prevent every threat to children, so it is important that children follow certain rules while on the Internet. Some of these rules include:

  • Never give out personal information (name, address or phone number) to anyone. You never really know the person you are talking to.
  • Some people on the Internet may try to trick children into giving out personal information to cause harm.
  • If at anytime during an Internet session something appears on the screen that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell an adult right away.
  • Never tell someone that you will meet him or her without an adult's permission.
  • Follow the rules your parents set about using the Internet. They do it to keep you safe.
  • Understand that the Internet is a useful tool. When used correctly, you can learn a lot and communicate easily with others.

 

Activities:

Homework

1. Have children work with their parents to make a list of the rules for using the Internet/computer in their home. Also encourage them to make a list of the benefits of using computers. 

2. Have the children bring back their lists of rules and benefits. Discuss them as a group. Make a master list.

 

Safe Sites

1. Have the children make a list of some of their favorite educational sites to visit. Share the sites with the other children.

2. Have children do a search on an assigned topic to show the Internet can be used as a research tool.

 

Additional Resources: 
 
The World Wide Web. By Larry Dane Brimner. Children's Press, 2000. 
Online Kids: A Young Surfers Guide to Cyber Space. By Preston Gralla. John Wiley & Sons, 1999.