Lesson Plan

Online Safety: Grades 6-8

Recognize risky behaviors and avoid them! That's the big idea behind two activities designed to teach middle schoolers to think critically about online safety. After reading background articles about protecting online identity, cyberbullying, and repetitive stress injuries, pupils craft a persuasive argument to convince a friend not to meet in person someone they met on the internet. Individuals then complete a matching activity that asks them to match risky behaviors with possible consequences. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a "Don't Go, Jo!" online safety wall and have class members post one of their arguments
  • Divide the class into six groups, assign each group a different article to read and discuss, and have groups report what they learned to the whole class
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires copies of two handouts
  • Includes links to the background articles and templates for the two activities
  • Provides a comprehension quiz and answer key
  • None