Teens think they know more about the internet than adults—and they might—but they still need to be educated on internet safety. They might know all the ins and outs of social media and the latest smartphone apps, but they might not know just how vulnerable they really are when they post online and visit certain websites.
These free lesson plans were designed with the fact in mind that 95% of teens in the U.S. use the internet, with an average of more than five hours each day (source). With so many teens spending so much time online, it’s becoming increasingly important to educate them on the many risks involved in using online technologies.
The lessons all work together to teach teens how to be safe online. Cyber Villains, Mobile Devices, and Social Media are all interconnected topics that contain similar advice for teen safety. Before your students work through the internet safety lessons share our Introduction to internet safety Ving with a self assessment. This will help you to gauge where your students are at in regards to safety online.
Internet Safety: Introduction
Internet Safety: Cyber Villains
“Cyber Villains” explains that there are many kinds of internet users with malicious intent. From identity thieves to sexual predators, this lesson walks students through how to deal with cyber villains and how to avoid becoming targets for them. The dangers of revealing personal information on the internet are only real because of the people accessing and using that information with ill intent.
Internet Safety: Mobile Devices
“Mobile Devices” explains some of the dangerous features that teens use and that cyber villains can use to exploit teens, from location tracking to malware. This section also covers the dangers and consequences of sexting that many teens don’t realize exist. Mobile devices have quickly become a staple item that most people take for granted. Keep your students safe with these tips for mobile device safety.
Internet Safety: Social Media
“Social Media” covers privacy settings and best practices for social media sharing. Many teens use multiple social media outlets daily, sharing photos of themselves and interacting with one another constantly. This lesson also explains the dangers of oversharing and interacting with strangers online. Developing good social media habits is key to staying safe and responsible on the internet.
Not only does each lesson deliver important safety information, but they also include short quizzes to check comprehension and retention, and self assessments to get students thinking about their own internet safety and online habits. It’s a great way to reinforce the material and apply it to real life.
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