WebQuest

INTERNET SAFETY

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Introduction
Computer-based applications are highlighted to illustrate ways technology can enhance how children learn by supporting four fundamental characteristics of learning:
(1) active engagement,
(2) participation in groups,
(3) frequent interaction and feedback, and
(4) connections to real-world contexts. (Roschelle et.al.)


The Internet is one of the most effective tools available for purposes of education and research and gives children the means to make friends and freely communicate with peers and family anywhere in the world.  It is vital to the well-being of children that the Internet offer them a wholesome environment to explore and that its capacity to deliver pornographic material to the innocent be responsibly monitored and effectively screened. (Michigan State Government, 2007).

 Content Area and Grade Level
The instructional unit is designed for 3rd-5th graders enrolled in a Technology class – Introduction to the Internet geared towards the average learner. There are 10 boys and 10 girls ranging from 8 to 10 years of age. There are no identified learning disabilities with the learning group.  The group is culturally divers with African, European and Hispanic origins. The majority of the students in this group are Hispanic Americans that live in a farm area. The African and European Americans are middle class and live in the city.

The students are novices in the technology area.  Having minimal exposure to computers and minimal to no exposure to the Internet.  The learning styles within the student group range from 75% or 15 students learn best through the hands-on method and 25% or 5 students learn best through the group activities.                                             

Standards
The students will:

  • know what the Internet is
  • comprehend the use of the Internet Explorer
  • apply their understanding to successfully use the Internet Explorer
  • comprehend search engines
  • apply their knowledge to use search engines
  • comprehend search statements
  • know how to formulate search statements
  • will become familiar with web sites
  • become familiar with web pages
  • comprehend the content on web pages
  • understand the need for safety while using the Internet
  • know and apply the safety techniques to keep personal information safe
  • will know how to discuss the safety concerns of the Internet with their parents and be required
  • to discuss safety tips and techniques with their parents
     
Senate Resolution No. 41.
A resolution designating September 2007 as Children’s Internet Safety Month.
Whereas, The Internet is one of the most effective tools available for purposes of education and research and gives children the means to make friends and freely communicate with peers and family anywhere in the world; and Whereas, It is vital to the well-being of children that the Internet offer them a wholesome environment to explore and that its capacity to deliver pornographic material to the innocent be responsibly monitored and effectively screened; and

Whereas, Children are ill-equipped to cope with lurid Internet content and cyber-predators and are at risk in their own homes, schools, and libraries; and

Whereas, Parents, religious and government leaders, educators, and rational-thinking people everywhere are concerned about children’s Internet safety, Web manipulation by the unscrupulous, and the rising tide of pornographic Web sites; and

Whereas, Objectionable material, such as violent, obscene, or sexually-explicit adult material may be received by a minor in an unsolicited form; and

Whereas, It is imperative that Michigan parents, guardians, grandparents, teachers, and family members, along with churches, business and community leaders, and organizations, be alerted to the pervasiveness and danger of pornography on the Internet. Support of this public service initiative will improve the Internet culture within their own spheres of influence; and Whereas, The century of instant global communication holds great promise for achieving better understanding among people of the world. A broader resolve is heralded to protect the safety of children in order that the Internet not be perceived as an instrument of cunning pornographic invitation to the young, but as evidence of profound respect for human dignity, creative inquiry, and commitment to excellence; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That we hereby commemorate September 2007 as Children’s Internet Safety Month and express our support for efforts to protect our children against harmful Internet materials; and be it further Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to Governor Jennifer Granholm and Lieutenant Governor John Cherry.

(Michigan Government 2007)

 

Resources Needed

The lesson begins with a computer connected to the Internet, projector and screen.  The following equipment will be available in the classroom; camera, computer, television, DVD player and tape recorder.
Websites students will access Safe Sites:


Art Room

American Library Association

Internet Public Library - Youth Section

Kids and Family

Kids Health

Metropolitan Museum

NASA

Net Smart Kids

Public Broadcasting Services

Public Library

San Diego Zoo

Yahoo Kids

The White House

                                                             (Internet Safety for Kids 2007)

Online Quiz sites:

McAfee Quiz – Internet Safety

 

 

Safe Kids – Online Safety

 

 

QUIA – Internet Safety2

 

 

rf Sur Internet –Safety Quiz for Kids

 

 McAfee Quiz – Internet Safety

 

 

 

 Technology Embedded

The lesson begins with a computer connected to the Internet, projector and screen.  The following equipment will be available in the classroom; camera, computer, television, DVD player and tape recorder.

Implementation Overview

The Internet is one of the most effective tools available for purposes of education and research and gives children the means to make friends and freely communicate with peers and family anywhere in the world


 It is vital to the well-being of children that the Internet offer them a wholesome environment to explore and that its capacity to deliver pornographic material to the innocent be responsibly monitored and effectively screened (Michigan Government, 2007)

 TASKS

First, the students will (TSW) understand the importance of personal information while using the Internet, chat rooms and email.
 Task 1: watch  YouTube Video – You Never Know Who You’re Talking To
A Public Service Announcement on Internet Safety on the topic of you never know who you're talking to on the Internet.
Task 2: watch YouTube Video – Internet Safety For Kids
A Public Service Announcement on Internet Safety on the topic of you never
Task 3: participate in teacher led discussion on the information presented
Task 4: form groups and make a list of the information that can not be shared on the Internet.  Each member of the group must participate.
Task 5: complete an in-class assignment where they will list the categories of personal information including their name, age, house number-address, city, state, phone number and information about their parents, school, church and community at large that must not be shared on the Internet.
Task 6:  power up the computer and click on the ‘Internet Safety WebQuest’ icon that will appear on the desktop
Task 7: use the WebQuest to link to the FBI website where FBI - Kids Page - Kindergarten - 5th Grade’ web page will be displayed and read ‘Internet Safety’ out loud and discuss each point including the meaning of ‘personal information’.
Task 8: download and print page with free Internet Safety software URL

Second, TSW answer questions about the Internet and discuss answer, list information, watch safety videos and visit safe sites.

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