Our students have access to the digital world through their use of computers, tablets, phones, and video games. Your school's ITRT, Tara Walters, has provided lessons each nine weeks to provide tips for safe and responsible use of the internet. Most lessons are adapted from Common Sense Mediadigital citizenship resources. This website has many suggestions for both educators and parents. Here is the list of lesson topics and a family activity sheet to follow-up each lesson.

Kindergarten

Focus: Safety

Objective: Students will learn to use the internet safely.

Lesson: Going Places Safely

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Focus: Safety

Objective: Students will learn the importance of telling a trusted adult if they see anything online that makes them feel sad, scared, or confused.

Lesson: It’s Okay to Tell

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Focus: Safety

Objective: Students will learn the importance of using good manners when they talk to people they know online.

Lesson: Bad Netiquette Stinks

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Focus: Safety

Objective: Students will learn how to evaluate a website.

Lesson: Staying Safe Online

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First Grade

Focus: Safety, Media Literacy

Objective: Students will learn how to evaluate a website.

Lesson: Sites I Like

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Focus: Privacy and Security

Objective: Students will learn the difference between personal and general information.

Lesson: Keep it Private

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Focus: Safety

Objective: Students examine product websites and understand that the purpose of the site is to encourage buying the product. Students learn methods used to promote products on these sites.

Lesson: Things for Sale

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Focus: Digital Footprint

Objective:Students learn that the information they put online leaves a digital footprint or “trail.”

Lesson: Follow the Digital Trail

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Second Grade

Focus: Privacy & Security

Objective: Students explore reasons why people use passwords, learn the benefits of using passwords, and discover strategies for creating and keeping strong, secure passwords.

Lesson: Powerful Passwords

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Focus: Communication

Objective: Students will explore cyberbullying and learn what they can do when they encounter it.

Lesson: Screen Out The Mean

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Focus: Research

Objective: Students understand that keyword searching is an effective way to locate information on the Internet.

Lesson: Using Keywords

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Focus: Communication

Objective: Students explore the similarities and differences between in-person and online communications, and then learn how to write clear and respectful messages.

Lesson: Show Respect Online

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Third Grade

Focus: Digital Citizenship

Objective: Students explore what it means to be responsible to and respectful of their offline and online communities.

Lesson: Rings of Responsibility

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Focus: Privacy & Security

Objective: Students think critically about the information they share online.

Lesson: Private and Personal Information

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Focus: Research

Objective: Students learn strategies to increase the accuracy of their keyword searches and make inferences about the effectiveness of the strategies.

Lesson: The Key to Keywords

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Focus: Copyright

Objective: Students learn what plagiarism is and when and how it's ok to use the work of others.

Lesson: Whose Is It, Anyway?

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Fourth Grade

Focus: Digital Citizenship

Objective: Students will learn to create a positive online community that promotes responsible and respectful digital behavior.

Lesson: Digital Citizenship Pledge

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Focus: Communication, Safety

Objective:Students learn the difference between internet friends and in-person friends and what information is safe and not safe to share without adult permission.

Lesson: Talking Safely Online

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Q3: Focus: Research

Objective: Students learn to carefully evaluate the sites they use for research, and then decide which ones they can trust.

Lesson: Rating Websites

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Focus: Safety, Media Literacy

Objective:Students will analyze how advertising uses photo alteration to help sell products.

Lesson: Picture Perfect

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