Since our students (at least grades 4 and up) received email accounts, it has become more important than ever to be teaching students about things like Internet safety, the importance of password protection, maintaining a good online reputation, etc. Google has launched an initiative they are calling "Be Internet Awesome!" I've shared the link to their website below. Although they say this is best suited for students from grades 3-5, the topic is relevant to all students who are accessing the internet, and some of the activities are suitable for students younger than grade 3 and older than grade 6.
Click here to access the curriculum guide for "Be Internet Awesome," which includes 16 activities/lesson plans and a online video game called "Interland," which in their words "makes learning about digital safety and citizenship interactive and fun—just like the Internet itself."
I've also created an accompanying Google Slides (click below) presentation that could be used as an introduction before diving into some of these activities, or the resource you use to guide classroom discussion on this important topic. This presentation is actually more suitable for middle and high school, but could also be used in elementary.
If you'd like me to come into your class to explore one or more of these activities please click here.
9 Principles of Digital Citizenship
Digital Netiquette- Guidelines for online learning and interactions
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What is Netiquette? Netiquette is a combination of the words network and etiquette and is defined as a set of rules for acceptable online behaviour. Similarly, online ethics focuses on the acceptable use of online resources in an online social environment.