• Life.On.Line Lesson Overviews

    [K-2] Living Online: Safe Journeys

    image Students learn how following simple rules when using web browsers will keep them safe and secure.

    Lesson topics include: accessing web browser bookmarks; proper use of search engines; choosing age-appropriate sites; and checking first with trusted adults before going new places.


    [K-2] The Social You: Email & Instant Messaging

    image Students learn how email and instant messaging allow for quick communication with real people.

    Lesson topics include: email basics like sending, receiving, and forwarding messages; talking to people you already know; checking first with trusted adults before clicking email links; types of information it's okay to share; keeping passwords private; and avoiding spam.

    [K-2] Standing Up: It's About Respect

    image Students learn how to show respect online and what to do if they encounter rude behavior.

    Lesson topics include: online vs. face-to-face communication; the concept of tone; ways to show kindness to others; asking for help; and communicating clearly and respectfully.
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    [3-5] Living Online: It's a Wild Web

    image Students learn how to use the web responsibly, safely, and securely.

     Lesson topics include: accessing web browsers; web filtering and monitoring; viruses and internet security; spyware and malware; how to save web content to a device; how to be respectful of copyright; and the importance of being honest with parents and other trusted adults.

    [3-5] The Social You: Connecting with Others

    image Students learn how to differentiate between Internet friends and in-person friends.

    Lesson topics include: social interaction via forums, blogs, chat rooms, and online games; how to avoid spam and phishing scams; the importance of keeping personal information private; and strategies for responding to uncomfortable requests.
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    [3-5] Standing Up: Be Intentional

    image Students learn the power of words and how language can have both positive and negative effects.

    Lesson topics include: the types of online messages that can cause others to feel angry, hurt, sad, or fearful; the importance of thinking before sharing; how to be positive about others and self; and how to respond to upsetting language.


    [6-8] Living Online: A New Kind of Responsibility

    image Students learn how to prevent being the victim of identity thieves, schemers, and scammers.

    Lesson topics include: techniques for avoiding Internet-based criminals; strategies for recognizing phishing attempts; ways to detect social engineering attacks; why it's important to use strong passwords; how viruses and malware get installed; how to be responsible about digital media and copyrights; and ways to avoid risky online interactions. 

    [6-8] The Social You: Information is Forever

    image Students learn what it means to have an online identity that is accessible to anyone.

    Lesson topics include: appropriate use of Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr; automatic archiving of information by search engines and web crawlers; the importance of developing a positive digital footprint; how interactions in chat rooms and chatting sites can quickly spiral out of control; geotracking and geotagging with GPS-enabled devices; ways to avoid oversharing of personally identifiable information; sexting, the Snapchat app, and child pornography laws; and why on-line means out-of-control.

    [6-8] Standing Up: What's your Reputation?

    image Students learn how to tell when inappropriate online behavior transitions to cyberbullying.

    Lesson topics include: the differences between teasing and bullying; the concept of crossing the line; strategies for responding to unwelcome contact; ways to be an upstanding citizen; information on legal issues surrounding cyberbullying; and why reputation is a person's most important asset. View sample materials from this lesson.

    [9-12] Living Online: My Private Life

    image Students learn that when there's no charge to use an internet product, it usually means they are the product.

    Lesson topics include: ways to avoid being tracked by advertisers; strategies for blocking popups, web banners, and Internet advertising; ways to access the web securely when connecting to public networks; how encryption protects files from unwanted eyes; ways to manage strong passwords; the importance of software updates and malware protection; and how to avoid inadvertently sharing others' private data.


    [9-12] The Social You: Past, Present, and Future

    imag Students learn how their digital footprints can affect future opportunities.

    Lesson topics include: differentiating between private and public information; why web-based information is beyond control; how Google and other search engines cache information on their servers; recommended Facebook privacy settings, how to setup Google Alerts to safeguard your good name; creating a personal landing page so your best self shines through; what employers and college admissions officers search for; and how uninformed choices have life-long consequences.
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    [9-12] Standing Up: Leaving a Legacy

    image Students learn the importance of being an active participant in a digital society.

    Lesson topics include: social justice and its connection to online life; why it makes a difference when we stand up for others; what it means to leave a positive legacy; what happens when things go wrong online; depression, anxiety, and suicide; legal responses to cyberbullying, harassment, and intimidation; how cruelty spreads; and being remembered as an upstander.