Play It Safe On The Internet Curriculum (Grades 4-5-6)
"It has been great! The kids are changing their MySpace pages and are really being careful about talking online now." - Michele Desilets, School Counselor, Ector ISD, TX
"I used the Play It Safe On The Internet Curriculum and the kids were very receptive to the ideas. We have had some instances this year with kids talking to older people on the Net, so this was right on with what we needed.Thanks again!"
Brandi Carroll, School Counselor, Cedar Valley Elementary, TX
A teacher's firsthand experience: "I want you to know that my principal, Sue Cummings, made a point to tell me that whatever it was I taught during the Yello Dyno lessons really stuck...And yesterday, when Retro Bill covered some Internet safety tips, I could see the ripple going through the 4th and 5th graders who had heard the Yello Dyno lesson on Internet safety, which was much more comprehensive."
- Nancy Hoxworth, School Counselor, Fowler Elementary School, TX
Play It Safe On The Internet Curriculum
This PowerPoint presentation with three DVDs and two song lessons embedded in the presentation wakes children up to online danger. The Six Internet Red Flags and twenty key lessons are woven throughout a true Internet story. Children easily identify with the character, and the suspenseful drama closing with a happy ending draws children into discussion. Vital Yello Dyno safety lessons are reviewed through scenes from the Tricky People! DVD and applied to lessons necessary for safety on the web. Because the lesson is centered around a story, this Internet curriculum can easily be taught to 7th graders, too. A segment of the Internet story that is part of the lesson:
Teacher Reading: Shannon could hear the footsteps behind her as she walked towards home. The thought of being followed made her heart beat faster. 'You’re being silly,' she told herself, 'no one is following you.'
She saw the porch light burning and ran the rest of the way home. Once inside she felt relieved to be in the safety of her home. She decided to grab a snack and get online. There she could talk to strangers without being afraid. She logged on and checked her buddy list. She saw that Snowman was on. She sent him an instant message:
Poison Ivy: I’m glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home tonight. It was really weird. Snowman: You watch too much TV. Why would anyone be following you? Don’t you live in a safe neighborhood? Poison Ivy: I guess it was my imagination ‘cause I didn’t see anybody. Snowman: You haven’t given out your name online have you? Poison Ivy: Of course not! I’m not stupid! Snowman: Did you have a softball game after school today? Poison Ivy: Yes and we won! Snowman: That’s great! Who did you play? Poison Ivy: The Hornets. Their uniforms are really gross! They look like bees. Snowman: What is your team called? Poison Ivy: The Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really cool. Snowman: What’s your number? Poison Ivy: My favorite number, seven. Snowman: Do you pitch? Poison Ivy: No, I play second base. Snowman: Gotta go. Catch you later. Bye
Snowman decided he had enough information from their last few chats to track Poison Ivy...
20 Key Safety Rules Taught, Including 1. Don’t open e-mails or enclosures from people you don’t know.
2. Never respond to inappropriate or offensive messages.
3. Pick a safe screen name.
4. Don’t tell anyone your exact age. Just say you are under 18.
5. Never send pictures of yourself without your parent’s permission.
6. Never give your password online.
7. Do not fill out surveys or register at sites without your parent’s permission.
8. Never delete an e-mail that makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Save it and show it to an adult you trust...
Plus, Students Learn the Six Internet Red Flags
Curriculum Materials Play it Safe On The Internet! Lesson Plan & Teaching Script
PowerPoint CD (Includes 3 DVD and 2 Song Lessons Embedded in the PowerPoint and the presentations follow the teaching script)
Special Reports #5: Play it Safe On The Interent Can’t Fool Me! CD Tricky People! DVD or VHS Raising Safe Kids! Teacher/Parent Handbook Fun Way to Safe Kids Song & Lesson Book
Note: Some materials are repeated in all curricula so several different teachers in the school can reinforce the lessons. Example: The Tricky People! video can be used by a substitute teacher. The music can be played while students are working on projects, or music teachers can teach the safety songs. Materials can also be put in the library for parents.
Stats “One in five children
(10 to 17 years old) receive unwanted sexual solicitations online.”
- According to Highlights of the Youth Internet Safety Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice
"A new website appears every twenty-two seconds, more than 3,900 new sites every day. Today at least eight-five of those new sites will be selling commercial pornography." - WebChaperone Fact Sheet, Webco International
Each curriculum has a pop up window with the
description of the lessons on Educator