FJUHSD Cyber Safety Lesson Plan, Day 1

The following lesson plan was developed by the teacher-librarians of Fullerton Joint Union High School District to be used in a 2 day Cyber Safety Unit and taught to freshman classes. The documents can be previewed on this page and downloaded in an editable format if desired. Please feel free to adapt the lessons to meet the needs of your own students.

Day 1: Cyber Safety
Orientation Unit
9 - 12
CSLA Standards
8.3.1 Shows positive social behavior while using information and communication technologies.
8.3.2 Demonstrates legal and ethical behavior while using information and communication technologies.
8.3.3 Understands the consequences of inappropriate and illegal use of information and communication technologies.

Students will understand what an online “social network” is.
Students will explain the appropriate way to behave in a social network.
Students will know how to adjust their privacy settings in a social network.

Material Needed
Social Networks PowerPoint
Characteristics of Social Networking PowerPoint
Bulletin Board Video
That’s Not Cool Video
Profile Penalty Video (Grid Iron Man)
Privacy Setting PowerPoint
Poster Project Instructions
PSA Instructions
RU Cyber Safe flyer

Instructional Plan

Anticipatory Set:

(3 min)
“Today we’re going to begin our discussion of social networking. Let’s see how many social networks you can identify in the following PowerPoint.”
Show Social Networks PPT.

“What do you think defines or characterizes a social network?”

Students discuss.

Activity 1:
( 4 min)
“Let’s look at a more formal description of a social network.
Show Characteristics of Social Networks PPT

“What social networks do you use? How many of you use Facebook? MySpace? Twitter? IM? High 5? Delicious? Photobucket? Flicker?”

Take informal poll of what social networks students are using.

Activity 2
(10 min)

“From the list of characteristics seen in the last PowerPoint, you can see that not only do social networks provide a lot of opportunities for interacting with others, they also present some need for caution. Let’s look at some videos that highlight some of the possible pitfalls.
Show Bulletin Board video.
“What do you think the message behind this video is?”
Discuss the fact that “once it’s there it’s never gone” and the need for caution in posting photos online and consequences of doing so without thinking first.
“Next we’re going to look at a video PSA or Public Service Announcement. I want you to pay attention not only to the content but to the format. We’re going to be talking more about PSAs later today.”
Show That’s Not Cool Video.
Have any of you found yourself in similar situations? How did you deal with it?”
“Let’s look at another reason for caution in using social networking.”
Show Profile Penalty video – Gridiron Man.
“Is there a way to keep this from happening to you?”
Students briefly discuss ways to protect themselves online.

Activity 3
(5 min)

“One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself in the social networking environment is to learn how to use privacy settings.
Let’s see how to do that.”
Show Privacy Setting PowerPoint.
(2 min)
Hand out RU Cyber Safe flyer.
“Tomorrow we’ll be taking a quiz on cyber safety. Please study this handout tonight. ”
Activity 4:
(10 min)
Introduce Callout/PSA project.
“Tomorrow you will be working in groups of 4 to create a public service announcement, or PSA for short, or a Poster on a topic discussed during orientation. We’ll look at some examples before you start. Please find a group and begin looking at the list of possible topics. Within each group, 2 people will create a PSA on the topic and 2 people will create a poster. These will be used later during the school’s Cyber Safety week to inform upperclassman of cyber safety.”

(2 min)
“What is one thing you learned today that you didn’t know?”