Our Grade 4-5 students are currently immersed in a guidance lesson that explains about device, internet, and social networking safety- including through texts, group chats, online chat rooms, social media, email, and in-App “chat” functions.
Students learn to identify and avoid situations that could threaten our safety when using the Internet. They also learn about what is/isn’t okay to give out online (NO: your name, where you live, telephone number, your birth-date, height and weight; YES: likes/dislikes), as well as stranger danger.
Students hear that they should never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they meet online, and that they should have adults approve someone before talking to them on the Internet.
Students then engage in some guided practice (scenarios) that help them to use their complex thinking and independent learning skills to keep themselves and their families/peers safe in situations. Finally, they watch two videos that help to encourage appropriate behaviors online.
A great website to continue using with your students at home is: http://www.commonsensemedia.org. See my resources section for additional websites, books, and support!