Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students use BrainPOP resources (including a free online game) to practice identifying the when and hows about sharing information online.
- Use online game play and class discussions to identify information that is safe and unsafe to share online.
- Reflect (both verbally and in writing) on the consequences of sharing inappropriate information on the internet.
- Use multi-media and digital tools to convey what they have learned about sharing information safely.
- Computers with internet access for BrainPOP
- Class set of the Graphic Organizer
- Project the Share Jumper game for students to see. Play the short introductory video in which a girl tells about a time when she wrote something inappropriate online.
- Have students write or talk with a partner about a time they shared something online and regretted it. Have student volunteers share their experiences. Were they able to delete what they had written? Was it really gone? What were the consequences of sharing something that should not have been put online?
- Tell students they will have the opportunity to play a game that allows them to practice identifying information that is safe and unsafe to share online. Switch back to the tab or window with the Share Jumper game and read the game instructions together, and then click "Next". Read and answer the first few questions together to reinforce what students have learned so far and continue the class discussion.
- Provide 10-15 minutes for students to explore the game with a partner. Encourage students to talk about their decisions.
- After game play, ask students to share examples that they disagreed with their partner on whether it was safe to share. Refer students back to what they learned in the movie as needed, and use the Language FYI and/or the Q&A as additional resources. Guide students to understand that deciding what to share online is not always a clear cut situation, and when they are unsure, it's better to err on the side of caution.
- Assess student learning using the Information Privacy Quiz. You can also have students share what they learned by creating a blog post, video, online slideshow, or other presentation. Talk with students about effective and appropriate ways to share their creations on the internet via social media. This can be a great opportunity to talk about writing appropriate comments online and building positive social connections on the internet.