District Recommended Internet Safety Curriculum 6-8 Grade
Focus Topics for In-Depth Instruction
- Forms it can take – discuss different kinds
- Flaming/Trolling, Happy-Slapping, Identity Theft/Impersonation, Photoshopping, Physical, Rumors (from Netsmartz)
- Sexting – what is it, why it’s a bad idea, implications-both social and legal, etc.
- Additional focus on online gaming
- Mental Health – depression, fragility of others -lack of knowledge about others’ problems.
- Reputation – online and in real world
- Bystanders and Upstanders
- Alert postings
- Obtaining help.
- Understanding school/legal implications for students
- Acceptable Use Policy and School Code of Conduct
- Discuss how Personal Safety/Online Behavior and Social Networking can contribute to, or be impacted by, Cyberbullying.
- Facebook & Twitter, etc. (emphasis on common traits regardless of actual site name, etc.)
- Texting etiquette
- Sexting – focus on revealing photos/videos and inappropriate communications, ramifications, etc.
- Blackmail—definition, how it’s used in sexting
- Getting help
- Photo/Video sharing (including copyright implications) - phone, email, apps & online
- Permanence—even with disappearing apps (Snapchat, etc.)
- Photo tagging
- Online friending – types of online friends, considerations before friending, what your friends say about you, number of friends does not mean popular, defriending
- Minimizing risks
- Safe Sites (COPPA)
- Privacy settings
- Getting Help for problems
- Self and responsibility for others (alert postings)
- Discuss how Personal Safety/Online Behavior and Cyberbullying can contribute to, or be impacted by, Social Networking.
Personal Safety/Online Behavior
- Digital Footprint
- Blogging/other activities
- Legal implications of Sexting
- Predator Identification & willing participation
- Sharing indirect information
- Risk factors for willing participation
- Online gaming
- Risks, ensuring privacy, appropriate screen names, not sharing screen names & passwords, playing wisely
- Griefers and cheesers – online game bullies
- Intellectual Property
- Cyber Security
- Harvested Information
- Malicious Code
- Viruses, worm, Trojan horse o Spyware, adware, popups, etc.
- Phones and other devices/tools
- Hacking – what is it, criminal offense
- Discuss how Social Networking and Cyberbullying can contribute to, or be impacted by, Personal Safety/Online Be