Digital Literacy - Kindy, 1st, & 2nd

Schools subject to CIPA have two additional certification requirements: 1) their Internet safety policies must include monitoring the online activities of minors; and 2) as required by the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, they must provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.

All students in Kindy, 1st, and 2nd grade must experience the following mini-lessons.

If you would like to extend these lessons, Common Sense Media has excellent resources. Click on the picture below:

Lesson #1 - What is the Internet?

ACTIVITY - Understanding Community

DRAW three concentric circles on the board or chart paper. Label the center circle “Me.”

EXPLAIN to students that the center circle stands for them.

ASK: If the center circle is you, what people might be in the second circle? Answers will vary.

GUIDE students to understand that because this circle is the closest one to them, this circle should contain the people they are closest to in their lives. (You may wish to take this opportunity to make sure students understand the two possible meanings of the word “close.”) This would include family members, close friends, and other people who are important to them. Have them focus on people they see in person in their daily lives. Label the circle “My Family and Friends.”

ASK: Who might be in the outer circle? Answers will vary.

ENCOURAGE students to think about other people who are not as close to them but are still part of their lives. Again, encourage them to think of people they sometimes meet in person. Write down and save their responses.

Sample responses:  Teachers, Classmates, Members of after-school groups or clubs, Members of sports teams, Members of their places of worship, Librarians, Doctors, Shopkeepers, Neighbors

DISCUSS the Key Vocabulary term community. Then label the outer circle “My Community.”

DISCUSSION - What is the Internet? Is the Internet a place?
Encourage all student responses, but make sure students understand that the Internet is not a real place that you can physically visit, like a playground. However, it is made up of real people, who can connect with one another through computer connections even when they are not in the same place.

Lesson #2 - Going Places Safely

ACTIVITY - Remind students that the first safety rule for going online is to always ask your parent or teacher first. Have students role play how they might ask you, as a teacher, to visit a site. (For example, "Mr. White, I'd like to visit a website about zoos. Will you please help me find a site?")

DISCUSSION - What do you need to do to stay safe when you go new places?

Lesson #3 - Internet Safety

ACTIVITY - Choose any of the activities and/or quizzes below. Click the picture.

DISCUSSION - How can you stay safe when you are on the Internet?

Lesson #4 - Bullying

VIDEO - Bullying

ACTIVITY - Choose any of the activities and/or quizzes below. Click the picture.

DISCUSSION - What should you do when someone says something mean to you?