Online Safety for GR 4-7

Better Connected

Author: Tanya Lloyd Kyi and Julia Kyi

llustrator: Vivian Rosas

The online world has real dangers, but girls around the world are using social media to create positive change and practice good digital citizenship.

You’ve probably seen media stories about the ways girls interact online, with headlines like “Depression in Girls Linked to Higher Use of Social Media,” or “Half of Girls Are Bullied on Social Media.” Better Connected focuses on the less-recognized and positive aspects of the online experiences of girls. From environmental activism to gun control, immigration policy to education access, girls are leading the way. They’re showing up, teaming up and speaking up. With profiles of real changemakers and practical tools for getting started, Better Connected is an inspiring look at the amazing things girls can accomplish online.

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Can You Believe It?

Author: Joyce Grant

Illustrator: Kathleen Marcotte

For today’s tech-savvy kids, here’s the go-to resource for navigating what they read on the internet.

Should we believe everything we read online? Definitely not! And this book will tell you why. This fascinating book explores in depth how real journalism is made, what “fake news” is and, most importantly, how to spot the difference. It’s chock-full of practical advice, thought-provoking examples and tons of relevant information on subjects that range from bylines and credible sources to influencers and clickbait. It gives readers context they can use, such as how bias can creep into news reporting, why celebrity posts may not be truthful and why they should be suspicious of anything that makes them feel supersmart.

Young people get most of their information online. This must-read guide helps them decide which information they can trust — and which they can’t.

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Activity Booklet

You Got a Phone!

Authors: Elizabeth Englander & Katharine Covino

Illustrator: Steve Mark

Kids learn about the super awesome powers of their phones—and how to use them safely.

Phones are super fun, really convenient, and amazingly useful tools! But when kids and smartphones are together, problems can pop up. This award-winning book offers fun and straight-to-the-point advice for kids who have phones and parents who want to keep phone trouble at bay. Kids need to know about the screen-related cyberbullying, neurological changes, and sleep problems that come with having a phone—before it becomes an issue. You Got a Phone! (Now Read This Book) features a humorous yet supportive tone and hilarious illustrations that draw readers in and keep them engaged. Kids can do awesome things with their phones, and this book shows them how. Starting with six basic phone rules to help keep kids safe online with a healthy life balance, You Got a Phone! (Now Read This Book) also includes information on: How to avoid muddled misunderstandingsBullying, cyberbullying, and phone-y meannessSafely posting and sharing photos online and how to avoid phone-related stress or anxietyAt the end of each chapter, You Got a Phone!

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Activity Booklet

Online Safety Resources

Character Role Playing Cards
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Anti Bullying Activities
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Teaching about acceptance (replace acceptance for tolerance)
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Mental Health/Belonging/”You are not alone”
A variation of this activity would be for students to anonymously write down the sentence, “if you really knew me…” and then finished it with something they are struggling with. Teacher collects all slips and reads aloud to debrief responses. Students are able to learn about and/or relate to some of the things other students are going through creating a sense of community within the classroom.
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