Howe Independent School District

"Educating the Hope of Tomorrow"

Internet Safety Lessons & Websites for Information/Games

Perspectives on Chatting Safely Online – 7th Grade



Profile Penalty – 5th grade


6 Degree of Information – 6th Grade


The Reality of Digital Drama – 8th Grade

Interviews with teens

Reality TV clip


Cyberbullying – teens

Interviews with teens


Terrible texts cartoon

7th & 8th - careful about posting and what can be viewed by others. - Feb. 2016
 Video about being careful of what you post and setting your privacy controls (British school girl)

6th Grade – Be careful of what you post when creating your social media profile 

Post to be Private


Advertising Tips & Tricks – Oct. 2015 5th grade Food Ad Tricks


6th grade Different techniques used in advertising

Quizlet – Advertising and Media Tricks of the Trade  

7th & 8th How to Identify Ethos, Logos and Pathos  


What is Marketing & Brand Strategy?   


---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CommonSense Media curriculum

4th grade – Picture Perfect – Dove  


2nd grade – Things for Sale


1st grade – Sites I like (evaluate these sites – are they designed for kids???)

 Protecting our Grandparents from Scams & Schemes CBS Morning  


Grandparent scams – AARP video


Consumer Federation  


Persuasion used in Media Techniques of Persuasion -


 List of 15 techniques used in advertising to persuade you to buy/use a product or services. Examples of Commercials -  


Can you identify the type of persuasive technique used in these ads? Additonal info. - Media literacy intro -  


Play Kahoots game -


  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Privacy Rules   (5th grade – March 2014)

Websites for kids under the age of 13 are required to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Information such as names, address, email address, telephone number, etc. must be protected.  Use your investigator skills and evaluate one of these websites for kids – check to see if they have a privacy policy. Use the handout to access the website for safety.


Club Penguin


 Club Nintendo




 October 2013 - Advertising "Tricks of the Trade"  (Persuasive ads) - Grades 6th-8th  1.  Different techniques used in advertising

 2.  Blog – comparing food ads with the real items

 3.  Food Ad Tricks

 Advertising using humor, Geico portraits commercials 1.  Cat & mouse  2.  Teddy Roosevelt  3.  Crossing the Deleware


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Grades 3rd & 4th Be careful of your Social Media info. - don't share personal info. like your full name, address, phone number, etc.  And definitely don't tell "where you are going!" Be careful of who you accept as friends on Social Media –

Love at First Like


 Be careful of the personal info. You have posted on your social network sites. Never tell WHERE you are going. Mucher safer to tell it as a “past event” (I had fun at Grandma’s this weekend)

Little Red Riding Mood – Chapter1  


February 2013    

Year-round schools – analyzing websites for unbiased, factual information

1. PBS NewsHour

 2. National Association of Year-Round Education

 3. Stop Year-Round School

 4. New York Times


 May 2012 Internet Resources:  This list of resources was shared with us from students in an internship program.  Big thanks to Andrea, Frank, Jenna, Ben, Eric, and Robin from Lakewood Charter School ----- I look forward to exploring these sites next year with our classes! 


Internet Safety Resources

 Media Awareness Resources

 Cyber Safety

 Cybersafety Prevention 101

 Parents Guide to Internet Safety

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Kindergarten – “What is the Internet”

1st grade- “What is Personal Information”

 2nd grade – “Be Kind Online”

 3rd grade-General Internet Safety info. for grades 1-3

4th grade - Don’t respond to scams on line   

 5th & 6th grades - Video about being careful of what you post and setting your privacy controls(British school girl)

 7th grade – Post to be Private

 8th grade – Information travels fast  (animated video)

 (student interviews)


---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Phishing Scams –

5th and 6th grades October 2011 Recent news reports are telling of even greater risks with phishing scams.Also, criminals are making more sophisticated fake websites.Be very careful of emails you open and information you give out.

 Example emails:

 Examples of Nigerian Fraud letters:


 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scamdex – Internet Scam Resource

 ******************************************************************************   Phishing Scams in Plain English   (YouTube)  Use this site to check emails for scams Phishing and Internet Scams –


7th & 8th grades (Jan. 2011) videos: Gone Phishing   (YouTube) Social Networks: Videos: (7th & 8th grades)     NS Teens: Post to be Private


 (5th & 6th grades)  Facebook, YouTube, Texting: Rules of the Road for Kids



******************************************************************************Creating a Good Password –

Elem.- K, 1st, and 2nd grades (May 2010) Be careful in picking a password, don't use any personal info. (like your name, age, birthday, favorite activities), Be sure to let your parents or guardian know your password, but NEVER tell your password to your friends or brothers & sisters.

 Don't put too much info. on line!  -


Elem.- 3rd & 4th grades (May 2010) "The students at St. Thomas Aquinas School know what it means to be safer online. Watch them use their NetSmartz in this Internet safety skit. "



1.      Anyone you don't know who asks for your personal information, photos, or videos

2.       Inappropriate or obscene material from people or companies you don't know

3.      Misleading URLs that direct you to sites containing inappropriate materials instead of what you were looking for

4.      Anyone who sends you photos or videos containing obscene content of individuals 18 and younger (the possession, manufacturing, or distributing of child pornography is illegal)

5.      Anyone who asks you to meet in person for sexual activities— no one should make sexual invitations to you onlineIf any of the above happens to you or a friend, tell an adult you trust and report it to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's CyberTipline at . 

(from Netsmartzkids website - ) Netsmartzkids video

 Meeting   Strangers from Online  -

Middle School - 7th & 8th grades (May 2010) Internet Safety Message

(from Netsmartz website)

 I WILL NEVER MEET IN PERSON WITH ANYONE I HAVE FIRST "MET" ONLINE WITHOUT DISCUSSING IT WITH MY PARENTS OR GUARDIAN. Since the biggest danger to my safety is getting together with someone I have first "met" online, I won't meet in person with anyone unless my parents or guardian agrees to the meeting, they will go with me to the meeting, and the meeting will be in a public place. Julie's Journey  Netsmartz video -

 Internet Safety Lessons for Elementary School –

 K-2nd grades (January 2010) - K-2nd grades 

Computer Virus - Sometimes you can open files that contain a computer virus.  These viruses can damage your computer (cause it to not work).  Some viruses can even cause your email or social network sites to send "bad" messages.  To prevent getting a virus, always be very careful about opening attachments.  Also, check with your family to see if your computer has a virus protection program on it.

Netsmartzkids video


 3rd & 4th grades Blogging - Blogging is a really fun way to express your opinion and share ideas with others.  When you are blogging (especially out there in the wide open Internet), always remember to protect your identity - don't tell personal info. about yourself such as your name, address, phone number, etc.   Some etiquette guidelines to remember: 

1.  Don't use all capital letters (ITS LIKE BEING SHOUTED AT!!!!)

2.  Be careful of the language you use - don't use words you wouldn't want your Mother to read! 

3.  And be respectful of the opinions of others.  As an American, you have freedom of speech.  But use that right in an appropriate manner.  You can say you agree or disagree with someone and tell why.  Just don't call them names (please don't say "what kind of a doofus are you to say something so stupid!!!! ouch!!!)


Internet Safety Lessons for Middle School 

(January 2010) - Cyberbullying - the use of computer/Internet technology to harm others.  People fall into being a cyberbully because they can say things online they would never say to someone's face.  Keep in mind - once it is put online, it can't be taken back What if the "bad" things posted were about someone you love?  Or about you? Don't be part of the "virus" (at least don't pass it on!) Report information related to harassment to a responsible adult Cyberbullying: Feathers in the Wind  video


 Cyberbullying:  You Can't Take It Back video


 Cyberbullying  - Middle School –

5th & 6th grades (May 2010) Internet Safety Lessons for Middle School (November 2009) - Protecting your online image - Always think about the kinds of information you are posting about yourself online.  Look at your photographs and descriptions about yourself and ask "Is this something I would want my parents, teachers, coaches, or future employers or colleges to see?"                 


Stuff to Know Internet Safety Lessons

K-4 (November 2009) Stay in control of your online reputation! Don’t post information, photos, or videos you might regret later. Think about your online image (Who will see this? What will they think?).Use privacy settings to limit access to your page; don’t let anyone – not predators or cyberbullies - gain access to information that’s yours. Remember that online choices have offline consequences and in some cases, legal implications. Consider how fast information and images get forwarded to people beyond your group of friends via texting, IM, and e-mail – especially sexually explicit ones. (from website - )

Cartoon video and interviews with teens about personal profiles.


 Personal Information - Be careful to not give out personal information when e-mailing, instant messaging, or playing games online with others.  Don't ever tell someone your real name, address, phone number, where you go to school, your parents or siblings names, or personal information about you (like your favorite colors, sports, activities).  Also, be sure to only "talk" to people that you know - not a friend of a friend of a friend.  Remember - you wouldn't give a stranger at Wal-mart your personal information.  So don't do it on the internet!!!!!   (Netsmartzkids music video about a boy using instant messaging)


NetSmartzKids Games


 Internet Safety Lessons for K-4 (October 2009) “What to Do on the Web”.  The students are going to discuss ways we can use the Internet (including gaming, research, visiting with others, listening to music, watching videos, etc.)  We will also discuss protecting personal information, not meeting "friends" from the Internet in person, and keeping your parents/family informed about your Internet activities. 


NetSmartzKids Website -  (What to do on the Web videos) iKeepSafe Website – resources for parents and teachers


 McGruff Video about FauxPaw the Cat learning about Internet Safety (cartoon)


 Internet Safety Lessons for Middle School (October 2009) –

Social Network Sites -Social Network sites can be a fun way to keep up with your friends and family.  They are definitely the "in" thing with kids and adults becoming active users.  Most sites require members to be 13 years old.  I’m not advocating for kids to start their own accounts but if you do (which I know most of you will!!!) you need to keep your personal information safe. Also, please keep your parents involved by having them check your site and keep your log-in/password information.  Some safety considerations when creating an account:  Don't use your real name, don't use your real birthday, don't tell where you live (city, address), telephone numbers, be careful about the photographs you post, if possible - hide personal information, and protect your friends & family identities too.


Tara’s Tips for Kids about Facebook -


 Internet Safety Lessons for K-5 (September 2009) 

This is a site registration for games on  To sign up to play games, the site has you create a Nickname (not your real name).