Free Internet Safety Curriculum

New E-Rate and CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act) rules are requiring all schools to include internet safety lessons in their curriculum.  I have been teaching internet safety and digital citizenship for the past twelve years to grades 1-12.   Since I work at a small, private, parochial school, I’ve come to rely on free resources.  I usually teach internet safety lessons in the computer lab, but also have resources for free handouts and lessons that would work equally well in a traditional classroom.  Most lessons start with a video being shown on the digital projector in the front of the room, followed by interactive web site activity on each student’s own computer.  A follow up handout also is sent home to educate parents.  All of these resources are found on the free web sites below.  Lessons include:  online safety, privacy, bullying, digital footprint, copyright, viruses, etc.  All have age appropriate resources depending on the grade targeted.

New – October 2013..  Pause and Think Online! Fun, Easy, Quick downloadable video, posters, and classroom tools from Commonsense (not included in full curriculum sets below) Grades 1-5 (6-9 could still enjoy it)

Worksheet I made to go with the lesson(for documentation with lower grades who aren’t blogging yet):  PauseAndThinkOnlineWorksheet

Found on Edmodo

Since we are a small school, I am able to use for most of my curriculum.  100 student accounts are free.
It has an online cyber safety course(videos, quizzes, student agreement) that documents the completion of CIPA requirements, so I don’t have to gather my own records.  After a class finishes it, I simply run a report that shows cyber safety course compliance.
I also use the email, social wall, message boards, and instant messaging (filtered!) to teach those areas to my 5th & 6th graders.  Middle and high schoolers still use the email, blogs, social wall and digital locker- but limited storage area with our free account. These areas are not a specific curriculum, but they learn by doing.  We find and edit an image for their picture on the social wall and talk about keeping our picture generic but fun.  We choose email names as a class that does not tell our name, age, sex, or location.

Our areas are set to only be viewable in our own school, but opens up discussion about more public areas like facebook and twitter. There is a built in area for document editing (tablets) and also links directly to google accounts if you are already a google school.  No need to re-set up all your students.

No matter which site I use for training, I use the free to document our lessons once kids start learning to type.  The students work through the lesson (either on their own or following me) then comment on my blog about what they learned.  This is a simple way to keep track of who was present, and sick students can work through links and add comments from home or at a later date if necessary.

Free handouts available from  A variety to choose from, products change periodically.  Many good for students grades 5-12, some great for parents.  Free shipping and free materials!  No spam, no junkmail.

App for android and IOS(android download worked 10/1/13, but IOS was offline- hopefully temporary)

Resource for 3-6 grade online half hour – video and quizzes from professor Garfield. Disney characters explain some privacy, virus, and tact lessons for lower elementary level.  Some big words, but all are read to the student.  Simple games and Disney characters to make it fun.  Half hour for grades 1 and 2. (worked in explorer 10, but not firefox with my last test…Probably have to update flash & java again.) – Once you set up your free educator log in, you get full access to their 80 lesson plans, all aligned with NETS and common core standards, and arranged by grade level.

Moodle course can be viewed at: also access it by going to, clicking Courses, then “Living Digital – Common Sense Media 6-8”. (shared at NETA tech coordinator meeting yesterday) I love netsmartz  videos, but not as organized curriculum plans. information and webinars change regularly using youtube videos to explain youtube and some internet safety lessons – more for secondary level.  I had to allow these sites in my safe video library for youtube to be shown for students, but works well. flashy and lots of links to outside videos and games.  Not a set organized curriculum, but middle-high schoolers would enjoy the format. 21 areas of web 2.0 tools for Michigan teachers. Look under Cyber Safety mission  for three quests and a certificate. Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge links to netsmarts and other sites in order to have a more organized curriculum with quiz at the end. I used the scavenger hunt games with my 3rd through 8th grades without having them register, but to take the quizzes you need to be registered.


4 thoughts on “Free Internet Safety Curriculum”

  1. Darci,

    Thanks for allowing us to use your website. I have used it in helping plan my class at WSC. You have GREAT resources!! Thanks for sharing!


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