Okay, you've got your rules, and you've got your no-no's for how to protect yourself online. But let's face it: there's no substitute for real-life experience. So get ready to act out some real-life situations that either you or your friends have probably found yourselves in. What would you do? Would you jump in and do something differently? Let's find out.
Step 1: Begin by watching the video "Playing and Staying Safe Online." After you've watched the video, you'll work on answering the questions below, either in small groups or as a whole class—your teacher will tell you which.
Step 2: Good talk. Now let's tackle another video. This time, take a few minutes to watch the video "Steering Clear of Cyber Tricks." When you're done, you'll discuss the following questions with your whole class:
Step 3: Small group time again. In your small group, take a look at the list of "Privacy and Safety Scenarios." Your teacher will assign each group a different scenario to enact. With your group, write a short skit to demonstrate your scenario and run through it quickly so you'll be ready to perform it for the class.
Your skit should be about 2–3 minutes long and the characters should be clearly labeled, for example, "creepy old dude," "unsuspecting middle school student," or "Facebook friend of a friend of a friend." You get the idea. These can be as fun and creative as you want to make them.
Step 4: Each group will now perform its skit. To do this, the class will circle up, leaving a big space in the center of the room (the "fishbowl") for the performing group. As each group performs, your teacher will call time-outs by making the classic time-out sign: hands perpendicular in the shape of a "T."
When your teacher calls a time out, if you're performing, you should freeze. If you're watching, listen up and answer your teacher's questions.
Psst! Your teacher's questions might be something like the questions below:
When the time-out is over, the performing group will continue its performance and you'll keep going like this until everyone has performed.