Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Online Safety

Wow! I feel like I open a can of worms when I start teaching my kindergarten through 4th students about online safety. It's such a hard balance between informing students of how to be safe and exposing students of how to be safe.

With my kindergarten through second grade, we watched this video. It's ehh -- I just couldn't find one that I loved ya know? I think it drove home my point that some information we just don't share with people we don't know online (or online strangers as I had to call them with some classes).

With 3rd and 4th grade, we watched this video from Common Sense Media. We talked about how important it is to for the "3 Be's" like they talked about in the video. While I'm not sure this is true, I told them that if they aren't careful, future bosses might look at what they did online even when they are this young!

I did an informal poll with my classes and was just shocked with how many students in my 3rd and 4th grade classes have some sort of social media (Facebook, instagram, snapchat, kik, etc.) Even though I'm not a parent, it just scares me with how much freedom some of these students were being given to just surf as they please. Make me think I need to do a class for the parents about online safety...

I do have to give one of my classes some major props. A student was worried about the talking angela app that is supposedly takes your picture while you were playing on it. Now, I had never heard of it, so I explained that while they were working, I would see what I could find. Lo and behold, it was a hoax. I was so proud of these students though because they did exactly what I wanted them to do and they didn't even know it!

As a post assessment for my students, I have them complete this sort of safe and unsafe things to share with students. In a classroom that uses technology 95% of the time, having a paper to actually grade is nice sometimes!


  1. Hello,

    I'm working on an article for Scholastic Teacher magazine. In each issue, Teacher compiles lesson ideas on specific topics to share with teachers. (Readers total about 100,000 K-8 teachers in print and many more online.)

    I'm currently working on ideas for Summer Safety for grades K-1. I came across your Internet Safety lesson and would love to include it.

    I'm emailing to ask your permission for me to summarize the lesson and quote from your blog post. I’m on a tight deadline and, as such, would appreciate your response by Monday, Feb 12.

    Please also send along the following information for me to include:
    Full name (as you'd like to see it published):
    Grade you teach:
    School where you teach and city/state:
    Would you like for me to include your blog’s name (and link to it in the online version of the article)?
    Anything you'd like to add about the activity/fun observations:
    A photo of the activity w/a photo credit:

    I look forward to hearing from you!


  2. Hi M! I'm sorry this is after your deadline, but e-mail me at thweatthearts@gmail.com if you are still wanting the information. It wouldn't let me e-mail you through here.