Welcome to the 7th Grade Internet Safety Mini Lessons

(There are only 3 lessons for the 7th grade. These could be spread out over several days. Student devices could be used in a 4th extension lesson for setting up and modifying privacy settings on social networks. )

Welcome to the 7th Grade Internet Safety Mini Lessons | Lesson 1: Sexting | Lesson 2: Privacy Settings | Facebook Privacy Checkup | Lesson 3: Locking Down Facebook | Go through the various Privacy Basics sites.

Lesson 1: Sexting

Questions to Consider
Sharing inappropriate images and videos of yourself online is not only dangerous but sending, receiving and forwarding on inappropriate images can also be illegal if they involve nudity or partial nudity!

Watch the video below
(Teachers use the server copy to avoid streaming issues)

Unfortunately, sexting does happen and it is important to know what to do about it.
Remember that once an image is sent the sender is no longer in control of the situation.

What should I do?
If you receive a sexting photo, you must not forward it on to anyone else. Sending the photo to someone else may be illegal and you could be accused of sharing child pornography. Instead, you should tell an adult what is going on and let them deal with it. They will know what to do.

Lessons 2 and 3: Facebook You need to stay in control!

Lesson 2: Privacy Settings

Facebook Privacy Checkup

Try Running the Privacy Checkup at Home.

Check your Privacy Settings Regularly on all of your social media accounts!
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Things to careful about:
Only befriend people you know and trust.
Ensure you privacy settings are set to friends only, only me or create groups to use when sharing posts and pictures.

Avoid settings that are labeled as public or friends of friends. Do you know and trust all the friends of your friends?

Do not allow search engines to link to your profile.
Create restricted lists and block users who you don't want to have access to your profile.

You kind find even more settings and tools by clicking at the bottom of the Privacy Checkup window.

HW: Check your Facebook privacy settings and the settings on any other social network you use.

Lesson 3: Locking Down Facebook

Review the work done in the previous lesson.

Pair and share:

What did you find out about your own settings?
Did you change anything? Why or why not?
Are you planning to make any further changes?

Now think about this when considering your use of social networks...

Have you ever posted personal information that could lead someone to your home, family or school.
Have you ever posted images of yourself or others that are inappropriate or provocative.
Have you ever posted content that might be considered offensive by others?

List the ways in which this kind of online behaviour could be dangerous.
The Potential Dangers of Posting


Share your ideas with the class.


Do you need to further lock down your social network accounts?

Use the Facebook Privacy Basics Link below or at the bottom of the Privacy Check-up for more information on locking down your Facebook Account.

Go through the various Privacy Basics sites.

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Snapchat Privacy Basics


Instagram Privacy and Safety