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Internet safety for children
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Contents
The Article Warm-ups Before Reading / Listening While Reading / Listening Listening Gap Fill After Reading / Listening Student Survey Discussion Language Work Writing Homework Answers 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

16th November, 2010

Parents are finding it more difficult to ensure their kids are safe online.html The increasing popularity of social networking sites and mobile phone texting have presented society with problems in how to protect children online. USA.Copyright Sean Banville 2010 2 . sexting and online child exploitation. and other instant messaging services. More and more youngsters are becoming victims of Internet predators and bullies. 2010 More free lessons at www.” The Indiana conference will explore topics like cyber-bullying. Internet safety will soon be taught in UAE schools.THE ARTICLE From http://www. they will be safer.BreakingNewsEnglish. Spokesman Jay Bavisi said: “Advances in instant communication media. The UAE has launched a nationwide programme aimed at educating students on how to use the Internet safely and avoid suspicious websites. If they do not believe automatically what people tell them. drive the very fabric of our modern society. Two recent initiatives aim to teach children about cyber-safety. Parents.com . while in Indiana.” Internet safety for children – 16th November. Local attorney Steven DeBrota said: “The number one way to keep a kid safe is for them to be skeptical. Today’s new mobile and networked world poses new and dangerous threats to online kids. parents will attend an Internet Social Networking conference. siblings. Facebook. Gone are the days when Mum and Dad could keep an eye on their child’s surfing with parental controls on the family computer.com/1011/101116-internet_safety. including the likes of Twitter. teachers and children alike will need to understand the dangers the connected world presents.BreakingNewsEnglish.

popularity / mobile phones / protecting children / threats / cyber-safety / conferences / programmes / suspicious websites / communication / messaging / sexting / skeptical Have a chat about the topics you liked. CHAT: In pairs / groups. Change partners often. decide which of these topics or words from the article are most interesting and which are most boring. Change and share again.BreakingNewsEnglish. 2. Change partners and share what you wrote. INTERNET SAFETY: Complete this table with your partner(s).WARM-UPS 1. Change partners again and talk about your conversations. STAYING SAFE: What are the best ways for kids to stay safe online? Rank these and share your rankings with your partner. INTERNET SAFETY: Walk around the class and talk to other students about Internet safety. 5. SAFE: Students A strongly believe the Internet will be a lot safer in the future. Together. Change topics and partners frequently.Copyright Sean Banville 2010 3 . Put the safest at the top. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Students B strongly believe the opposite. 2010 More free lessons at www. put the words into different categories.com . ONLINE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word ‘online’. Dangers Identity theft Cyber-bullying Phishing Sexting Viruses Sexual predators How big a danger? How to deal with it/them? 4. Internet safety for children – 16th November. • • • • Text/chat with people they know Tell parents where they’re surfing Use anti-virus software Keeping personal details secret • • • • Maximum privacy settings on facebook Using child-friendly sites only No sharing of photos Always be skeptical of everything 6. Sit with your first partner(s) and share your findings. 3. Change partners and share your rankings again.

An attorney said the safest thing is for kids to remain skeptical. 10. Children in Indiana will soon learn about cyber-safety at school. make certain suspicious growing brothers and sisters questionable watch over children look at plans move forward 3. d. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.com . 2 3. g. 8. 10. 9. i. 5.) a. 6. 8. increasing youngsters ensure keep an eye on initiatives suspicious drive siblings explore skeptical a. 4. on their child’s surfing world presents our modern society children online suspicious websites of social networking sites aim to teach children predators and bullies them to be skeptical communication media The increasing popularity the dangers the connected one way to keep a kid safe is for Internet safety for children – 16th November. h. j. 2. c. 9. People at the Indiana conference will not hear about sexting. g.Copyright Sean Banville 2010 4 . Children in the UAE will be taught how to recognize suspicious sites. b. e. 2010 More free lessons at www. h. g.html 1. 7. PHRASE MATCH: 1. 2 3. The old method of parents monitoring kids’ surfing isn’t enough today. j. d. i. how to protect victims of Internet keep an eye Two recent initiatives avoid Advances in instant the very fabric of (Sometimes more than one choice is possible. 5.BreakingNewsEnglish. 7. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Jay Bavisi said the Internet would soon be in the fabric of our clothes. f.BEFORE READING / LISTENING From http://www.com/1011/101116-internet_safety.BreakingNewsEnglish. 4. d. a-h below are true (T) or false (F). Guess if a. c. h. e. e. f. c. Parents are finding it easier to help their kids stay safe online. f. b. 1. 6. T/F T/F T/F T/F T/F T/F T/F T/F Problems arise in protecting kids as they use social networking more. b.

The UAE has ____________ a nationwide programme aimed at educating students on how to use the Internet safely and ____________ suspicious websites. parents will ____________ an Internet Social Networking conference. If they do not ____________ automatically what people tell them. Facebook. they will be safer. protect aim popularity attend bullies parental poses ensure Parents are finding it more difficult to ____________ their kids are safe online. and other instant messaging services. Two recent initiatives ____________ to teach children about cybersafety. The increasing ____________ of social networking sites and mobile phone texting have presented society with problems in how to ____________ children online. siblings. Parents.html GAP FILL: Put the words into the gaps in the text. ____________ the very fabric of our modern society. while in Indiana.com/1011/101116-internet_safety. Today’s new mobile and networked world ____________ new and dangerous threats to online kids.BreakingNewsEnglish. USA. More and more youngsters are becoming victims of Internet predators and ____________.Copyright Sean Banville 2010 5 .” The Indiana conference will ____________ topics like cyber-bullying.WHILE READING / LISTENING From http://www. Gone are the days when Mum and Dad could keep an eye on their child’s surfing with ____________ controls on the family computer.BreakingNewsEnglish. sexting and online child exploitation. including the likes of Twitter. teachers and children ____________ will need to avoid alike believe launched drive explore instant skeptical understand the dangers the connected world presents.com . Internet safety will soon be taught in UAE schools. Local attorney Steven DeBrota said: “The number one way to keep a kid safe is for them to be ____________. Spokesman Jay Bavisi said: “Advances in ____________ communication media.” Internet safety for children – 16th November. 2010 More free lessons at www.

BreakingNewsEnglish.com/1011/101116-internet_safety. 2010 More free lessons at www. parents will attend an Internet Social Networking conference. If they do not believe automatically what people tell them. __________________ when Mum and Dad __________________ their child’s surfing with parental controls on the family computer. Local attorney Steven DeBrota said: “The number one way to keep a kid safe is ____________________. drive ____________________ modern society. while in Indiana. More and more _________________________ victims of Internet predators and bullies.Copyright Sean Banville 2010 6 .LISTENING – Listen and fill in the gaps From http://www. teachers and children alike will need to understand the dangers the connected world presents. ____________________ services. USA. Parents. Parents are finding it more difficult to ensure their kids are safe online. The UAE has launched a nationwide ____________________ educating students on how to use the Internet safely ____________________. including the likes of Twitter. Two __________________ to teach children about cyber-safety. Internet safety will soon be taught in UAE schools. siblings.com .” Internet safety for children – 16th November. they will be safer. Facebook.html _________________________ social networking sites and mobile phone texting have presented society with problems in how to protect children online. Today’s new mobile and networked __________________ dangerous threats to online kids.” The Indiana conference ____________________ cyber-bullying. sexting and online child exploitation. Spokesman Jay Bavisi said: “Advances in instant communication media.BreakingNewsEnglish.

VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand.AFTER READING / LISTENING From http://www. 2010 More free lessons at www. pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.com/1011/101116-internet_safety. • • Share your questions with other classmates / groups. information. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates. synonyms … for the words ‘Internet’ and ‘safety’. other meanings. Ask your partner / group your questions. Internet safety • • • Share your findings with your partners. try to recall how they were used in the text: • • • • • • increasing more finding gone poses two • • • • • • avoid likes fabric alike local believe 7 Internet safety for children – 16th November. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text. 5.BreakingNewsEnglish.BreakingNewsEnglish. 3. In groups. Check your answers. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. Make questions using the words you found.Copyright Sean Banville 2010 . GAP FILL: In pairs / groups. With your partner. Ask your partner / group your questions. interesting. compare your answers to this exercise. 2. Talk about the words from the activity. worth learning…? 4.html 1. Were they new.com .

html Write five GOOD questions about Internet safety in the table. Change partners often.3. Q.4.BreakingNewsEnglish. 2010 More free lessons at www. • • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. interview other students. When you have finished. STUDENT 1 _____________ Q.Copyright Sean Banville 2010 8 .com . Do this in pairs.STUDENT INTERNET SAFETY SURVEY From http://www. Q. Q. STUDENT 2 _____________ STUDENT 3 _____________ Q. Internet safety for children – 16th November.BreakingNewsEnglish. Write down their answers.1.5. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.com/1011/101116-internet_safety.2. Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

com ----------------------------------------------------------------------------INTERNET SAFETY DISCUSSION STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A) a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) j) Did you like reading this article? What’s the number one thing kids must remember about being online to stay safe? How often do you visit a suspicious site? What are the pros and cons of social networking? Will the Internet become increasingly more dangerous? How should society deal with cyber-bullying and sexting? “The number one way to keep a kid safe is for them to be skeptical.Copyright Sean Banville 2010 9 .com . 2010 More free lessons at www.” Do you agree with this? What dangers do you think the Internet might pose in the future? Could the Internet become more dangerous than the real world? What questions would you like to ask a cyber-bully? Internet safety for children – 16th November.BreakingNewsEnglish.BreakingNewsEnglish. 2010 More free lessons at www.INTERNET SAFETY DISCUSSION STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B) a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) j) What did you think when you read the headline? What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘Internet safety’? How dangerous is the Internet? Have you ever been the victim of Internet crime or nastiness? Do people’s characters change when they hide on the Internet? What problems exist with kids having mobile phones and being online? What should schools tell kids? How active must parents be in monitoring their kids’ online activities? From what age is it for a child to have a mobile phone and be online unattended? Are kids better than their parents at using the Internet? Internet safety for children – 16th November.

Parents. sexting and online child exploitation. and other instant messaging services. 5.com . they will be safer.Copyright Sean Banville 2010 .com/1011/101116-internet_safety. The UAE has launched a nationwide programme aimed at educating students on how to use the Internet safely and (7) ____ suspicious websites.html The (1) ____ popularity of social networking sites and mobile phone texting have presented society with problems in how to protect children online.BreakingNewsEnglish.” The Indiana conference will (11) ____ topics like cyber-bullying. 6. Gone are the days when Mum and Dad could keep an eye (4) ____ their child’s surfing with parental controls on the family computer. 8. More and more youngsters are becoming (2) ____ of Internet predators and bullies. USA. 12. 2. 7. siblings. 11. parents will (6) ____ an Internet Social Networking conference. 9.LANGUAGE – MULTIPLE CHOICE From http://www. 1. Two recent initiatives aim to teach children about cyber-safety. (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) increases victim ensure at treats attend void alike likes connection deplore skeptical (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) increasing victimize sure by threatens attentive devoid likes liking connecting explore skepticism (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) increase victims shore with threats attention vied liking liked connected implore skeptically (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) increment victimization surely on treaties attendance avoid liked alike connects patrol skeptic 10 Internet safety for children – 16th November. If they do not believe automatically what people tell them. Internet safety will soon be taught in UAE schools. 10. 4. drive the very fabric of our modern society. Parents are finding it more difficult to (3) ____ their kids are safe online. while in Indiana. Local attorney Steven DeBrota said: “The number one way to keep a kid safe is for them to be (12) ____. Spokesman Jay Bavisi said: “Advances in instant communication media. Facebook. 2010 More free lessons at www. Today’s new mobile and networked world poses new and dangerous (5) ____ to online kids.” Put the correct words from the table below in the above article. teachers and children (9) ____ will need to understand the dangers the (10) ____ world presents. including the (8) ____ of Twitter. 3.BreakingNewsEnglish.

Copyright Sean Banville 2010 11 .html Write about Internet safety for 10 minutes. 2010 More free lessons at www.com/1011/101116-internet_safety.BreakingNewsEnglish.com .BreakingNewsEnglish.WRITING From http://www. Correct your partner’s paper. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Internet safety for children – 16th November.

Did you all have similar things? 4. 3. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson.HOMEWORK 1.com . Include imaginary interviews with a cyber-bully and one of his/her victims. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.BreakingNewsEnglish. INTERNET SAFETY: Make a poster about Internet safety. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about Internet safety.Copyright Sean Banville 2010 12 . LETTER: Write a letter to the leader of your country. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Internet safety for children – 16th November. CYBER-BULLYING: Write a magazine article about cyber-bullying. 2010 More free lessons at www. Give him/her three opinions on the laws he/she should pass to make sure kids are protected online. 5. 2. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s). Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson. List the things children and parents must do to stay safe online. Ask him/her three questions about Internet safety.

Today’s new mobile and networked world poses new and dangerous threats to online kids. 10.com . The UAE has launched a nationwide programme aimed at educating students on how to use the Internet safely and avoid suspicious websites. e.” The Indiana conference will explore topics like cyber-bullying. F g. d. Gone are the days when Mum and Dad could keep an eye on their child’s surfing with parental controls on the family computer.BreakingNewsEnglish.a Internet safety for children – 16th November. 9. Local attorney Steven DeBrota said: “The number one way to keep a kid safe is for them to be skeptical. i. T SYNONYM MATCH: 1. 8. teachers and children alike will need to understand the dangers the connected world presents. 4. parents will attend an Internet Social Networking conference. 8. 2 3. 6. 2010 More free lessons at www. of social networking sites children online predators and bullies on their child’s surfing aim to teach children suspicious websites communication media our modern society world presents them to be skeptical GAP FILL: Internet safety for children The increasing popularity of social networking sites and mobile phone texting have presented society with problems in how to protect children online. 9. 7. i. 5. If they do not believe automatically what people tell them. sexting and online child exploitation. Parents. siblings. b. Two recent initiatives aim to teach children about cyber-safety. F h. The increasing popularity how to protect victims of Internet keep an eye Two recent initiatives avoid Advances in instant the very fabric of the dangers the connected one way to keep a kid safe is for a. increasing youngsters ensure keep an eye on initiatives suspicious drive siblings explore skeptical a. Parents are finding it more difficult to ensure their kids are safe online. F e. T b. 2 3. e. F c.” LANGUAGE WORK 1-b 2-c 3-a 4-d 5-c 6-a 7-d 8-b 9-d 10 . j. f. 4.c 11 . h. c. they will be safer. h. 6. b. f. g. More and more youngsters are becoming victims of Internet predators and bullies. j. while in Indiana.b 12 . 5. c. g. 7.ANSWERS TRUE / FALSE: a. Facebook. T f. drive the very fabric of our modern society.Copyright Sean Banville 2010 13 . 10. Internet safety will soon be taught in UAE schools. USA. including the likes of Twitter. T d. Spokesman Jay Bavisi said: “Advances in instant communication media. growing children make certain watch over plans questionable move forward brothers and sisters look at suspicious PHRASE MATCH: 1. and other instant messaging services. d.

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