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Running head: CYBER SAFETY IN FIRST GRADE

Cyber Safety in First Grade

Katrina Maccalous

Social, Ethical & Legal Issues in 21st Century Learning (OTL-504)

Colorado State University Global Campus

Dr. Michael Miller


September 24, 2017
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Younger children are accessing technology on a more regular, consistent basis, whether

from their parents devices or at school. A survey by Common Sense Media revealed that:

10% of children under eight years old use educational software and 6% use a computer

for homework (Common Sense Media, as cited by Conrad, 2017, para. 11).

11% of children under eight years old use a cell phone, iPod, or iPad / tablet (Common

Sense Media, as cited by Conrad, 2017, para. 12).

As access and frequency increase, it is important that students are educated on how to be

safe, legal and ethical digital citizens (ISTE Standards for Students, 2017). The following just-

in-time mini lesson is designed to be taught prior to or in conjunction with launching the use of

class Chromebooks during reading block. The lesson covers the need for maintaining and

respecting each others reading accounts, only accessing intended websites or programs,

maintaining privacy and alerting adults to any technical issues that arise.

Standard(s):

1. Digital Citizen: Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of

living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in

ways that are safe, legal and ethical

2d-Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and

security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation

online (ISTE Standards for Students, 2017).

Essential Question: How can we be responsible when using a computer or other device?

Learning Target: I can explain the importance of being careful and following proper safety

procedures when using technology.


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Vocabulary: virus, digital citizen, device (phones, tablets)

Approximate time: 10 minutes

Engage: Show digital citizen Brainpop video: Computer Viruses

Whole group lesson and discussion:

Have students turn-and-talk to reflect on the video they just watched, then call on

2-3 students to share out their thinking.

Now that you are using technology more and more each day, its especially

important that we understand that being a digital citizen also means we need to

be careful and responsible when using a phone, computer, or tablet.

Go through each slide: Discuss each question, and then introduce/create a rule.

I will hang our safety reminders on our Chromebook cart to remind us how we

can be safe and responsible digital citizens at school and at home.

Rationale

This assignment addresses the ISTE standard of digital citizenship, specifically the

substandard: Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and

are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online (ISTE Standards

for Students, 2017). The mini-lesson is geared towards first grade learners who are beginning to

explore technology and the internet with greater frequency and independence. For this reason,

the five areas for potential obstacles have been condensed into a student-friendly and useful

format. Each of the five rules, along with the obstacle resource contained in the lesson, support

the districts responsible use agreement including: not revealing personal information via the

internet such as names, home address, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, or display

photographs of themselves or others (Aurora Public Schools Internet Responsible Use


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Agreement, n.d., para. 9). This lesson has defined login credentials as personal information, and

should not be revealed for security purposes. Each student has a login card to aid them in the

login process. Students are instructed to keep their card secure and use it as needed when logging

into their personal reading account.

Additionally, Aurora Public Schools has a policy that online activities must not create

security or safety issues (Aurora Public Schools Internet Responsible Use Agreement, n.d., para.

10). Inappropriate use of electronic devices can result in loss of device privilege, or depending

on severity expulsion, suspension, and/or criminal prosecution (Aurora Public Schools Internet

Responsible Use Agreement, n.d., para. 10). Due to the age of the identified learners, students

are instructed to only visit sites at an adults discretionthese approved sites have short cuts that

have been attached to each devices home screen.

Finally, this lesson also instructs students to seek the assistance of an adult if any

technical issues arise, so that the issue can be addressed properly by the teacher, media specialist,

or building IT tech support.


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References

Aurora public schools internet responsible use agreement [PDF]. (n.d.). Aurora: Aurora Public

Schools. Retrieved August 27, 2017, from http://printservices.aurorak12.org/wp

content/uploads/sites/107/2009/09/StudentInternetUseAgreement-EN_11.pdf

Computer viruses [Video file]. (n.d.). BrainPOP. Retrieved September 24, 2017, from

https://www.brainpop.com/technology/digitalcitizenship/computerviruses/

Conrad, D. B. (2017). Media statistics--children's use of tv, internet, and video games. Retrieved

September 24, 2017, from http://www.techaddiction.ca/media-statistics.html

ISTE standards for students. (2017). Retrieved August 23, 2017, from

http://www.iste.org/standards/standards/for-students