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Question:

What choices can I make to ensure that I have a safe experience on the Internet?

 

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Tasks:

Learn how to enjoy the Internet while you avoid becoming an "Internet Fool" 
Read the story “Little Jack (Internet Fool)
Make Jack’s Internet experience a safe one.
Produce a PowerPoint Presentation to teach other about Internet Safety.

 

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Scenario:  "Don't Be an Internet Fool"

"Welcome back to our Open-Circle discussion group on the Internet.  Today, we are going to focus our discussion on how to stay safe while we use the Internet." the facilitator says.  What are your ideas on how we can stay safe while we use the Internet?"

The girl across from you says, "I like to use the Internet to learn more about topics that we are learning about in school.  It's awesome because I not only get to read about the information but I can listen to experts speak about the topic,  watch a video to learn more, or even get involved sharing information on interactive sites. One rule that I have for myself is, if I ever get to a site that makes me feel uncomfortable in any way, I immediately leave and go tell a teacher or a parent.  At first, it may seem embarrassing but I realize that my safety is important!"

Last year, our class wrote e-mail letters to pen pals in another country." the boy across from you says. "It was great because I got to learn a lot about them and their country.  I found out that we liked to do a lot of the same things.  Once I got to know my pen pal really well, I wanted to exchange my address with them so we could continue writing to each other outside of class.  I asked my teacher and parents and they agreed that I could but they sort of made a big deal out of it.  My mom said that I should never give out personal information like my name, phone number, address, or when my parents are home without permission. They said I could not trust everyone. I agree!"

Another boy says, "Sometimes, I like to use discussion boards or chat rooms to ask questions or learn more about a topic.  One time, this one kid was being a real jerk. He was trying to pick a fight with me.  He wanted to meet me so he could beat me up.  He was probably some twerp but this broke two of my rules for using the Internet.  First, I never get into an online fight or respond to mean messages.  Second, I never agree to meet anyone that I have talked to online.  So, I ignored him and then left the chat room."

One girl says, "I have heard that some younger students believe everything that they read on the Internet is true.  It's not!  Books have editors to check the information to make sure that it is right.  A lot of Internet pages don't even use editors to check their information.  So, some Internet pages are put up by people who have no idea what they are talking about or by people who has a hidden agenda.  I always double check the information I find against other sites I trust, books, or sometimes I even write to "Ask the Expert" sites to get an answer from a pro.

The boy beside you says, "Have any of you ever been on a virtual tour?  They're so cool!  It's like you're there in the cage with the lion, or in a castle in Europe, or sitting and talking to a famous sports hero.  Virtual tours are awesome!!!  I have noticed that sometimes they have these advertisements on the page to try to get you to buy stuff.  I just stay away from those advertisements."

 

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Resources

 

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Suggested Activity:

Safety PowerPoint Slide Show

Your facilitator says,  I found a great short story, Little Jack (the Internet Fool.)”  I think we should read this story together to locate any mistakes that Jack made.  Then, if we work together with a partner, we can choose a mistake that Jack made.  One of us can make a slide describing the mistake that Jack made. The other,  can make a slide of Jack doing the safe thing. Finally, we should put all the slides together to make a class Safety Internet Slide Show. 

Do you have any other ideas for creating a safe Internet experience?
Send us an e-mail to share your ideas.

 

 

Little Jack (the Internet Fool.)

Little Jack (the Internet Fool) loved to use the Internet to learn and to get help with his schoolwork. One day, Jack went to a site that he knew he shouldn’t be at because it was full of hate messages. He was about to leave the site but then he heard his favorite song that was embedded in the background of the page. So, Jack decided to stay at the site, just while his favorite song was playing. “What the heck!” Jack said, “While I’m here, I might as well look around.” Jack ended up going to the chat room link. He "met" a person who was very nosy. That person told Jack that the chat room rules stated that he had to give out personal information. So, Jack not wanting to offend his new “friend” told him his name, e-mail address, and home address. Later, Jack felt that maybe he should not have given out this information and he felt embarrassed.   Jack decided that he would not tell anyone of his foolish ways. In a few days, Jack received e-mail from his "Friend" at the chat room asking him to send his picture.  He wanted to set up a time so that could meet alone. Luckily, Jack told his buddy about the planned meeting.  His buddy was able to get jack help from an adult before he got hurt.

 

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What choices can I make to ensure that I have a safe experience on the Internet?

 

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