Internet Safety & Social Networking

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Internet Safety & Social Networking

Subject: Life & Career Skills
Grade Range: 9 - 12
Application Types: Social Networking, Communication, Web Applications

21st Century Themes: , Health Literacy

21st Century Concepts: Creativity & Innovation, Communication & Collaboration, Research & Information Fluency, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Digital Citizenship


This project promotes communication and collaboration, as well as digital citizenship, through the exploration of issues related to social networking. The example project addresses concerns about maintaining personal safety and privacy while using online communication tools, such as a social networking Web site. Students will be instructed to consider what constitutes "safe" and "unsafe" behavior when building an online profile, inviting and accepting "friends", uploading content to their Web space, and engaging in online communication, as well as what they can do if they find themselves in uncomfortable situations when social networking. The tutorial movies demonstrate how to use a popular online social networking application, as well as discuss issues related to digital citizenship, Internet safety, and other 21st century skills and concepts. Discussion questions, assessment rubrics, and information about adapting and extending the example project are included in the resource materials available for download with this project.

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