Grade 7, Cyber Citizens

Lesson 1: Netiquette
I can be courteous and respectful in my cybercommunications.

What is Netiquette? It's using etiquette (good manners) and courtesy on the Internet (network + etiquette).
What is courtesy? It's treating others the way you'd like to be treated.

View this NetLiteracy video on Netiquette.
Read the Boston Public Library's Netiquette guidelines for kids.

View this PSA (public service announcement) on Digital Privacy. It originates from That's Not Cool, which is associated with Futures without Violence.

Because written text does not provide gestures, facial expressions, or inflections, the tone may be confusing of misleading.
  • With your partner, make a list of emoticons (smiley faces, etc.) and abbreviations (JK for Just Kidding) and discuss how/when you would use them.

Students generally text instead of using email. However, there are times when more formal communication is appropriate.
View this short YouTube video on email manners.
  • Discuss with your partner or group when email might be a better choice than texting. Consider these answers and compare them with yours.

Lesson 2: Who, Me? Why Should I Care?

I can help prevent cyberbullying.
View this video Can't Take It Back.
Consider these scenarios of "digital disrespect" and discuss what your actions will be.
Take this quizto find out if you are a cyberbully
Discuss with your partner: How can we prevent Cyberbullying?
Compare your answers with this list

Lesson 3: Digital Identity and Reputation
I can take steps to protect my identity and reputation.

View the video Post to Be Private.
Read in the gray box beneath the movie frame Social Networkingand then click on the yellow sign "Click Here to Find Out What You Should Report."
  • With your partner, discuss how to adjust settings to post for only those you want to see your posting. Why is it important to adjust your personal settings?

Watch the video Your Photo Fate.
  • Discuss these questions with your partner or a small group, .
    • Do you know anyone who has received a sexual message or naked picture on his/her cell phone?
    • Do you know anyone who was ever asked or pressured to send a nude or sexual picture?
    • Do you think it is OK to ask or pressure someone to send nude or sexually suggestive images? Why do you think that?
    • Do you think it’s OK to send sexually suggestive images? Why do you think that?
    • What could happen to you if you send or forward a sexually suggestive or nude photo?
    • How likely is it that images and messages intended for one person will be seen by others?
View the video Offline Consequences.
  • Discuss what offline consequences can happen if you make poor decisons in posting images and comments

Lessons 4 and 5: Copyright
I can credit others for their work and "borrow" their work ethically and legally.
View Plagiarism: Don't Do It.
  • Discuss Why shouldn't anyone plagiarize?
View Avoiding Plagiarism: What Do I Need to Cite?(words vs. ideas)
  • Discuss How do I know what to cite?
View YouTube Copyright School. (infringement of other's media)
Read What Is Copyright?, text which explains copyright & fair use, etc.
Skim Copyright in an Electronic Environment for legal quantity and percentages of works which may be used under fair use.
Take the Copyright/Copywrong Quiz. Mrs. Krass gives credit to California State University, Sacramento for these questions.