- Ask the students to complete the Cyber Sense Quiz worksheet and use the quiz as a lead in to the topic of Cyber safety.
- Ask your students whether they would tell a stranger in the street everything about themselves, where they live, their phone number or email address.
- Get the students to realise the importance of internet security. Is it easy for someone else to find their passwords? Are the passwords easy to work out?
- Show the students the short film Caught in the web.
- Get students to think about and answer the following questions: Where did Lucy keep her password? What did the bullies do to Lucy? What big mistake did Lucy make? Do you think this type of bullying is serious? Why wasn’t Lucy sure it was? What did the police say? What did Lucy do with her personal information after she spoke to the police?
In the film Caught in the Web, Lucy isn’t sure whether the bullying directed at her is serious or not because it isn’t physical. In pairs ask the students to make a list of how cyberbullying is just as serious as any other form of bullying, you may wish to use the worksheet Cyberbullying vs traditional bullying.
- Get students to work in groups of four to come up with an advertising campaign aimed at students their age on the importance of keeping safe on the Internet.
- Students can produce a handout that lays out the key points for keeping safe, using the Worksheet Cyber Sense Flyer. Ask them to complete each area with their own ideas, following the examples given.
- An alternative to using the worksheet is to use an online flyer tool, such as,postermywall or lucidpress for students to produce their own online flyers.
Wrap up and conclusions
Talk about and conclude that whatever we do on the Internet we are leaving a digital footprint – a data trail that may stay there for years. Keep things private and secure, information on the Internet can spread relatively quickly at the click of a button.