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Internet Safety Activities To Try in Your Classroom

Teaching internet safety to students has become an essential part of education in the digital age. However, finding effective teaching resources and formats can be challenging for teachers. If you’re a teacher in need of inspiration for your internet safety for kids curriculum, you’re in luck. Here are some types of cyber safety teaching resources, all of which come with different advantages.


Online Games


Online games can be an engaging way to teach internet safety to students. Internet safety games such as Interland by Google and CyberSense by Common Sense Education are designed to help students learn about digital safety in a fun and interactive way. Using these games as teaching tools can make the learning experience more enjoyable—and more memorable.


Videos


Videos are another useful resource for teaching internet safety to students. Organizations like Common Sense Education and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have produced informative videos that teachers can use to educate students on online safety topics such as cyberbullying and password security. Videos can be a powerful tool to deliver a message to students, since they offer both visual and auditory learning formats.


Lesson Plans


Lesson plans involve a traditional and structured approach to teaching internet safety to students. You can find lesson plans from a variety of internet safety education organizations that specialize in K-12 learning, which can save you a significant amount of time on curriculum planning.


Infographics


Infographics are visual representations of information that can help students understand complex internet safety concepts in a simplified way. Organizations such as the FTC and the National Cybersecurity Alliance have created infographics that teachers can use to help students understand topics like phishing and online privacy. Infographics are easy to understand and can be displayed in classrooms or distributed digitally.


School Assembly Presentations


You can do yourself and all your fellow teachers a favor by asking your school administrator to invite an expert speaker on cyber safety to your school and give a presentation at your next school assembly. Finding the right presenter comes with key benefits: they’ll not only be able to cover key internet safety topics, but do so in a way that is appropriate and compelling for a K-12 audience.


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References


Hebert, Amy, et al. “Infographics.” Consumer Advice, 8 July 2022, consumer.ftc.gov/features/infographics.


O., Erin Wilkey. “23 Great Lesson Plans for Internet Safety.” Common Sense Education, 7 Feb. 2020, www.commonsense.org/education/articles/23-great-lesson-plans-for-internet-safety.



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