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How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students
Back in October, I wrote a post about Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom. As it is Internet Safety Month, I want to share a sample lesson for teaching internet safety to students as young as kindergarten. Yes, you read correctly . . . kindergarten. With children spending time online at younger and younger ages, it is vital that we explicitly teach young children how to protect themselves online. Most young children get the "Stranger Danger" talk at school, so they know about how to handle strangers in their neighborhood and in face-to-face situations. There are three considerations when addressing Internet safety with these students. This is a lesson that I have done with my kindergarten and first grade students to introduce the idea that strangers exist on the Internet and to discuss how we should interact with them. Protecting Private Information Online Materials Projector Computer Internet access Introduction Ask, "What is a stranger?" Video Discussion Assessment

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