“Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace.” —Department of Homeland Security

 

Many teens think they understand what it means to be responsible online and to keep their personal information secure. However, most people just don’t know what they don’t know—that is, there may exist cyber threats that they are unaware of, and teens probably don’t understand the consequences of some of their online carelessness.

 

It’s becoming increasingly important for everyone to learn about both the resources available and the risks involved on the internet. The world has become so connected online that most teens couldn’t imagine a world without these capabilities. Use these lessons with your students today so that they can start developing good habits and making smart choices about sharing information online.

 

The topics covered in these lessons include passwords, downloads, mobile devices, phishing attempts, and public computers; all highly relevant subjects for all internet users today. Students will complete an initial self assessment to get them thinking about their current habits and answer quiz questions along the way to help them understand the real-world implications of the information provided. These lessons all work together to give teens a basic overview of cybersecurity that they can use in their everyday lives.

 

free cybersecurity lesson plans

 

With Ving, you can even add some of your own content to the lessons to make them better suited to your students and their experiences. This is a great way to introduce students to the concepts of cybersecurity and then build off of that based on their understandings and concerns.

 

If you like this, don’t forget to check out our other free lesson plans for teens covering internet safety and digital citizenship.