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Click on the titles below to print age-appropriate activity cards. These activity cards are related to the online activities and easy to implement with few extra materials. Printable handouts are included. Parents may want to skim through the activities to get ideas for discussing Internet safety with their children.

National Education Standards

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There are specific standards that the NetSmartz Workshop employs to help ensure that our resources correlate to standards set forth by national education organizations. More information...


 

Primary (Ages 5-7)

  • Bad Netiquette Stinks

    Students will learn the definition of netiquette and discuss the importance of having good manners online. They will create a “netiquette net” to capture examples of bad online manners.

  • Bad Netiquette Stinks 2

    Students play a board game to review what they have learned about netiquette.

  • Beat the Tricks

    Students watch the “Beat the Tricks!” music video. They discuss ways people try to trick kids into dangerous situations. They play a memory game to review the eight tricks they have learned.

  • Beat the Tricks 2

    Students watch the “Beat the Tricks!” video and discuss the ways people may try to trick kids into dangerous situations. They play a game to review the tricks and discover solutions to avoid these tricks.

  • Beat the Tricks 3

    Students watch and discuss the “Beat the Tricks!” music video to review ways people may try to trick kids into dangerous situations. They play a short game to check their understanding. Students then use their technology skills to make pictures representing each of the eight tricks.

  • It's Ok To Tell

    Students will learn about the importance of telling a trusted adult if they see anything online that makes them feel sad, scared or confused. They will complete a craft activity and participate in a sing-along to remind them of this rule.

  • Know the Rules: Check First

    Students watch the "Know the Rules!" rap video. They discuss checking first with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult before going anywhere, helping anyone, accepting anything, getting into a car, or leaving with anyone. Students practice what was discussed through teacher-guided group skits.

  • Know the Rules: Take a Friend

    Students watch the "Know the Rules!" rap video and discuss the importance of taking a friend with them when going places or playing outside. They make booklets to remind them of situations when bringing a friend will keep them safer.

  • Know the Rules: Tell a Trusted Adult

    Students watch the "Know the Rules!" rap video. They discuss telling a parent, guardian, or other trusted adult if anything happens to them. Students post word cards of possible trusted adults and then draw pictures of their own trusted adults on a "Trust Tree."

  • Know the Rules: Tell a Trusted Adult 2

    Students watch the "Know the Rules!" rap video. They learn that it is important to tell a parent, guardian, or other trusted adult if anything happens to them. Students complete an activity page and list details about three trusted adults in their lives.

  • Know the Rules: Tell People 'NO'

    Students watch the "Know the Rules!" rap video and discuss what to do if someone tries to touch them in ways that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. Students discuss situations as a class, then practice saying "NO" in front of a mirror.

  • Router's Birthday Surprise

    Students watch Router’s Birthday Surprise and discuss what kinds of fun things they can do online. They take a website tour of www.NetSmartzKids.org while learning about the four rules of Internet safety.

  • Router's Birthday Surprise 2

    Students watch Router’s Birthday Surprise where they are introduced to the Webville Outlaws. They will complete a matching worksheet and learn what to do when they meet an Outlaw online.

  • Router's Birthday Surprise 3

    Students watch Router’s Birthday Surprise and complete a role-playing exercise to practice the real-world safety rules. They sing the chorus of “Know the Rules!” to help them memorize the four rules of real-world safety.

  • UYN: Don't Open That File

    Students discuss computer viruses by relating them to germs that spread between humans, using a "hands-on" activity to demonstrate this point. They watch "UYN: Don't Open That File" and talk about how viruses can damage computers and what to do to protect them.

  • UYN: The Boy Who Loved IM

    Students play a game similar to the "telephone game." They watch "UYN: The Boy Who Loved IM" and discuss the dangers of sharing personal information online. They make stop signs to remind them to stop and "Use Your NetSmartz."

  • UYN: The Boy Who Loved IM 2

    Students map out a diagram showing how easy it is to come in contact with unknown people by  trading buddy lists with friends. They watch "UYN: The Boy Who Loved IM." They discuss the dangers of sharing personal information and finish by writing a paragraph describing what they will do if a Follow-You Fiona tries to contact them online.

  • UYN: The NetSmartz Chat Abbreviation

    Students discuss what abbreviations are. They watch "UYN: The NetSmartz Chat Abbreviation" and discuss the abbreviation UYN. Next they clap while chanting "UYN" and then shout "UYN" in response to Internet scenarios. They complete a worksheet reminding them to "Use Your NetSmartz."

  • UYN: The NetSmartz Chat Abbreviation 2

    Students watch "UYN: The NetSmartz Chat Abbreviation." They discuss what it means to "Use Your NetSmartz." They play a game where they figure out how to use their NetSmartz in various situations.

  • UYN: The Password Rap

    Students discuss how passwords are like keys and why it is important to have a password that isn't easy to guess.

  • UYN: The Password Rap 2

    Students discuss the concept of non-identifying information and basic ideas for what makes up a good password.

  • Way 2 Go!

    Students watch the “Way 2 Go!” video and discuss rules to help them stay safer when going to and from school. Students make signs on the computer to remember the rules. They finish by singing a song about safety to and from school.


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    Intermediate (Ages 8-10)

  • Attitude Overdrive

    Students will watch the NSTeens video "Attitude Overdrive" and discuss what to do when they encounter "griefers" while playing games online. They will make a fact wheel to remind them how to deal with griefers.

  • Bad Netiquette Stinks

    Students will learn the definitions of etiquette and netiquette, and discuss the importance of having good manners online. Together, they will create a list of netiquette rules that coincide with common classroom etiquette rules.

  • Bad Netiquette Stinks 2

    Students will use PowerPoint to write a story that asks readers to choose between using good or bad netiquette.

  • Beat the Tricks

    Students watch the “Beat the Tricks!” music video. They discuss ways people may try to trick kids into dangerous situations. Students use computers to create PowerPoint presentations to teach and present to their fellow classmates.

  • Beat the Tricks 2

    Students watch and discuss the “Beat the Tricks!” music video to review ways people may try to trick children into dangerous situations. Students use their technology skills to e-mail a picture about a trick to their teacher. They finish by playing a short game to check their memory skills about the eight tricks.

  • Choices & Cheaters

    Students will learn about digital ethics by playing the NSTeens interactive comic Choices & Cheaters. They will then complete a role-playing exercise where they practice saying “no” to friends who ask them to cheat.

  • Friend Or Fake

    Students watch the video “Friend or Fake?” and discuss when it’s appropriate to “raise a red flag” in response to an online friend’s actions.

  • It's Ok To Tell

    Students will learn about the importance of telling a trusted adult if they see anything online that makes them feel sad, scared or confused. They practice giving advice to friends who are upset about something they saw online.

  • Know the Rules: Check First

    Students watch the "Know the Rules!" rap video. They discuss checking first with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult before going anywhere, helping anyone, accepting anything, getting into a car, or leaving with anyone. Students create their own safety rap lyrics, in groups or individually, with assigned strips of of sentences they must include in the rap.

  • Know the Rules: Take a Friend

    Students watch the "Know the Rules!" rap video and discuss the importance of taking a friend with them when going places or playing outside. Students read pretend headlines and write or type a "Letter to the Editor" in response to the headlines.

  • Know the Rules: Tell a Trusted Adult

    Students watch the "Know the Rules!" rap video. They learn that it is important to tell a parent, guardian, or other trusted adult if anything happens to them. Students brainstorm and identify who the trusted adults are in their lives and complete a math project using compasses to create their own "Circle of Trust."

  • Know the Rules: Tell People 'NO'

    Students watch the "Know the Rules!" rap video and discuss what to do if someone tries to touch them in ways that make them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. They review "Body Language That Says 'NO'" and complete a writing activity in response to situation cards. Students then practice saying "NO" with a partner.

  • Mike-Tosis

    Students will watch the NSTeens video "Mike-Tosis" and complete the accompanying worksheet. This will help students understand how widely and how rapidly information can travel online or via cell phone.

  • Post-to-be Private

    Students watch "Post-to-be Private" to understand the importance of protecting their personal information on the Internet. In groups, they evaluate examples of things they might post online and decide what is okay to post and what is not okay to post. Together, students discuss ways to better protect themselves on the Internet.

  • Profile Penalty

    Students will watch the NSTeens video "Profile Penalty" and discuss online reputations and responsibilities. They will write a story illustrating the consequences of posting something inappropriate online and present that story in PowerPoint using action buttons.

  • Router's Birthday Surprise

    Students watch Router’s Birthday Surprise and discuss what kinds of things they can do online. They will play a game to help them learn the four rules of Internet safety.

  • Router's Birthday Surprise 2

    Students watch Router’s Birthday Surprise where they are introduced to the Webville Outlaws. They will play a guessing game using fill-in-the-blank Outlaw riddles and create a matching “Wanted” poster for each Outlaw.

  • Router's Birthday Surprise 3

    Students will watch Router’s Birthday Surprise and complete a role-playing exercise to demonstrate the four rules of real-world safety. Each student will write a letter to a trusted adult explaining why it is important to follow these safety rules.

  • Stand By or Stand Up?

    Students will read the interactive comic Stand By or Stand Up?. They will complete a true or false activity to fully understand what bystanders are and why they are so important.

  • Terrible tEXt

    Students watch "Terrible tEXt" to understand why this form of cyberbullying is hurtful and what to do if it happens to them. They will follow-up by discussing why these responses are appropriate.

  • UYN: Don't Open That File

    Students talk about how viruses can affect their computers and play a group activity called "The Virus" to demonstrate how viruses spread.

  • UYN: Don't Open That File 2

    Students discuss what viruses are, how quickly they can spread, and how computer viruses can damage computers. They watch "UYN: Don't Open That File," review the main points, and decode clues to find a hidden message.

  • UYN: The Boy Who Loved IM

    Students learn how difficult it is to tell when someone is misrepresenting themselves online and play a game to reinforce this.

  • UYN: The NetSmartz Chat Abbreviation

    Students discuss what abbreviations are. They watch "UYN: The NetSmartz Chat Abbreviation" and discuss UYN and other chat abbreviations. They perform the UYN lyrics in small groups and make individual UYN posters to hang at home.

  • UYN: The NetSmartz Chat Abbreviation 2

    Students watch "UYN: The NetSmartz Chat Abbreviation" to review basic Internet safety rules. Students discuss what it means to "Use Your NetSmartz"  and develop a class definition.

  • UYN: The Password Rap

    Students discuss how passwords are like keys and why it is important to have a password that isn't easy to guess. Students will each create two passwords and play a guessing game to try and figure out to whom the passwords belong.

  • UYN: The Password Rap 2

    Enhance the ability of children to protect their personal information on the Internet.

  • Way 2 Go!

    Students use two types of graphs to show how they travel to and from school. They watch the “Way 2 Go!” video and discuss the rules they should follow to go to and from school more safely. They use Google Earth, or a similar program, to map the safest routes to and from school.

  • Way 2 Go! 2

    Students watch the “Way 2 Go!” video and discuss rules for staying safer when traveling to and from school. They make a PowerPoint presentation to present to other classes in their school about to and from school safety.


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    Middle School (Ages 11-13)

  • 6 Degrees Of Information

    Students will watch the video "6 Degrees of Information" and discuss what kind of information is too much to post online. They will take a teen magazine-style quiz to see what kind of Internet user they are.

  • Amy's Choice

    Teens watch "Amy's Choice," a true story about a 15-year-old girl who ran away from home to meet in person with a man she first met online. They discuss how Amy was at risk and how they can avoid similar situations by communicating with trusted adults.

  • Amy's Choice 2

    Students review the real-world safety pledge and discuss ways to help keep themselves safer in everyday situations. They watch “Amy’s Choice,” pausing to discuss the red flags of Amy’s behavior as it applies to the safety pledge.

  • Attitude Overdrive

    Students will watch the NSTeens video "Attitude Overdrive" and discuss appropriate conduct while gaming online. They will then separate into groups and write short skits that demonstrate proper gaming etiquette.

  • Choices & Cheaters

    Students will play the NSTeens interactive comic Choices & Cheaters as an introduction to the concept of digital ethics. They will then complete an activity to learn about plagiarism.

  • Cyberbullying: Broken Friendship

    Students watch the true story of a girl whose best friend gave out her e-mail password to some other girls at school without her knowledge. They play a game called "Keep Your Keys!" and discuss why they should not give their passwords to anyone except their parents or guardians.

  • Cyberbullying: You Can't Take It Back

    Students watch the true story of a boy who rated girls from school on a web site, thinking it was a private joke between him and his friends. They discuss questions in peer groups, and then write a paragraph to a friend.

  • Friend Or Fake

    Students watch the NSTeens video “Friend or Fake?” and complete a worksheet comparing the types of comments that an online friend and an online fake might make. They will also write an e-mail to a classmate warning them about the potential dangers of meeting offline.

  • Julie's Journey

    Students watch "Julie's Journey." In groups, students put quotes from Julie's story in chronological order and discuss how each small decision Julie made contributed to a serious consequence.

  • Julie's Journey 2

    Students create a timeline of a fictional teen’s life and discuss the repercussions of running away. They watch “Julie’s Journey,” then create a “Top 10” list of ways to help prevent a friend from running away and another to learn why running away isn’t the solution to a problem.

  • Mike-Tosis

    Students demonstrate how rumors can get out of control through a story circle activity. They watch the NSTeens video "Mike-Tosis" and discuss how spreading rumors online can have offline consequences.

  • Post-to-be Private

    Students watch "Post-to-be Private" and discuss what rules should be followed when adding "friends" on social networking sites. They participate in an activity where they decide whether or not to add someone they don't know in real life to their friends list. Students then write a persuasive letter to help a fictional friend realize potential dangers of using social networking sites.

  • Profile Penalty

    Students will watch the NSTeens video "Profile Penalty" and discuss how the actions they take online have offline consequences. They will create a Q&A Sheet using PowerPoint to share with their peers.

  • Stand By or Stand Up?

    Students will read the interactive comic Stand By or Stand Up?. They will play a bingo game to fully understand what bystanders are and why they are so important.

  • Survivor Diaries

    Students watch “Survivor Diaries” and use the Internet safety pledge and “Choice Cards” to identify which guidelines Ryan and Noah followed and which they did not. Students write a journal entry about a personal Internet experience to help teach younger students about online safety.

  • Survivor Diaries 2

    Students discuss the importance of having trusted adults to go to for help if anything ever makes them uncomfortable or confused. Students view “Survivor Diaries” while answering questions about what happened to Ryan and Noah. Students then create their own list of trusted adults.

  • Terrible tEXt

    Students watch the NSTeens video "Terrible tEXt" and discuss different kinds of cyberbullying. In groups, they read about real-life cyberbullying cases and give group presentations explaining the cases to the class.

  • Two Kinds Of Stupid

    Students watch the video “Two Kinds of Stupid” then search the Internet for other stories about teens and adults losing opportunities because of content posted online.


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    High School (Ages 14-17)

  • 6 Degrees Of Information

    Students will watch the video "6 Degrees of Information" and discuss how involved they are on social media sites. They will then rate their digital footprints to determine if they overshare or keep their information relatively private.

  • Amy's Choice

    Students watch "Amy's Choice," a true story about a 15-year-old girl who ran away from home to meet in person with a man she first met online. They discuss how Amy was at risk and how they can avoid similar situations by communicating with trusted adults.

  • Cyberbullying: Broken Friendship

    Students watch the story of a girl whose best friend gave out her e-mail password to some other girls at school without her knowledge. Students respond to a letter from someone about an experience on the Internet.

  • Cyberbullying: You Can't Take It Back

    Students watch the true story of a boy who rated girls from school on a website, thinking it was a private joke between him and his friends. Students discuss the positive and negative aspects of the Internet and offer ideas about what the boy could have done when his friends asked him to rate the website.

  • Julie's Journey

    Students will listen to a "happy" version of Julie's journey and record their reactions. They will then watch the video and record their reactions to her real story to compare how grooming affects teens' perceptions of reality. Students will review a grooming fact sheet and then create a Teen Tips handout to advise their peers about forming online relationships.

  • Survivor Diaries

    Students discuss the positive and negative aspects of using the Internet. They watch “Survivor Diaries” and use Ryan and Noah’s stories to discuss the challenges teens face online. Then students write about their own personal experiences.

  • Survivor Diaries 2

    Students discuss the choices Ryan and Noah made in “Survivor Diaries” and the consequences of their actions. Students consider different choices that Ryan and Noah could have made to prevent that outcome. They then write and design their own advertising taglines chosen from a list of Internet safety topics.

  • Two Kinds Of Stupid

    Students watch the video “Two Kinds of Stupid” and discuss the controversial issue of schools disciplining students for what they post online. Students will debate each other to examine the issue in depth.