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The Cyber Tools: Teaching Kids to be Safe & Ethical Online

Media Smarts

PREVNet is pleased to showcase Media Smart’s series: Stay on the Path: Teaching Kids to be Safe and Ethical Online This valuable resource kit is split into three sections: a self-directed tutorial, lesson plans for teachers of grades 5 and 6 and tip sheets for parents.


Raising Ethical Kids For a Networked World  is a self-directed tutorial that examines the moral dilemmas kids face in their online activities and offers strategies for helping youth deal with them. By helping youth develop the social and emotional intelligence that’s needed to support ethical decision making, they are able to build resiliency if things go wrong. The tutorial focuses on respect for: people’s personal information by not oversharing; people’s feelings by not participating in bullying or being a passive bystander; and intellectual property by understanding copyright and plagiarism.

Lesson Plans

The four-lesson unit has been designed for students in Grade 5 and 6 and focuses on search skills and critical thinking. Throughout each lesson students learn how to target and specify their online searches to avoid unwanted results, how to judge whether a link, search result or website is legitimate of phony, and how to find legitimate sources online for media works such as music, videos and movies.

Stay on the Path Lesson One: Searching for Treasure (Grades 5-6) 

Stay on the Path Lesson Two: All That Glitters is Not Gold (Grades 5-6) 

Stay on the Path Lesson Three: Treasure Maps (Grades 5-6) 

Stay on the Path Lesson Four: Scavenger Hunt (Grades 5-6) 

Tips Sheets

The “world wide web” could just as easily stand for the “wild, wild, west”. The online world is untamed, and if it is not navigated properly, it can be dangerous. Read the following useful ideas and strategies put together for parents by Media Smarts, Canada’s Center for Digital and Media Literacy, and learn how to teach your kids to be safe and ethical online.

Think Before You Share

Getting the Goods Ethically

Promoting Ethical Online Behaviours with Your Kids

Teaching Your Children Safe Surfing Habits

A Parents' Guide to Instagram

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