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Internet Safety and Ethics
Internet Safety and Ethics

Internet Safety and Ethics Activity: Oh No, You Didn't!: Internet Dangers and Strategies for Staying Safe

Instructions for Your Students

What's Going on Today

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 situs 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.


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Playing and Staying Safe OnlineWatch the video and answer the following questions:

  1. How is the Internet like real life? 
  2. What are some guidelines to keep yourself safe? 
  3. What personal information should you not post? 
  4. What kind of password should you pick? 
  5. Why do you have to think twice about sharing information with your friends? 
  6. How should you deal with people who harass you? 
  7. What should you do if something funky happens online? 
  8. How should you approach meeting new people online?
  9. What is something that you should never talk about with strangers?

Steering Clear of Cyber Tricks. Watch the video and answer the following questions:

  1. What are some examples of cyber "tricks" a.k.a. scams? Name at least three. 
  2. What can happen once you're on websites' lists?
  3. What could be happening when you take a personality test on a website? 
  4. Should you participate in a pop-up contest? Why or why not? 
  5. What's one way to get information about a company? 
  6. What's phishing? (And no, that's not a typo.) 
  7. How can you fix a real issue with an account online? 
  8. What should you do if you do become a victim of phishing or hacking? 
  9. Where can you report phishers?