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Digital Life 101: Students are introduced to the 24/7, social nature of digital media and technologies, and gain basic vocabulary and knowledge for discussing the media landscape.

Terrible Text:  some teens say and do terrible things to each other online. So what do you do if you're cyberbullied? Students watch the video Terrible text and discuss different cyberbullying. In groups, they read a about real-life cyberbullying cases and give group presentations explaining the cases to the class. After this activity, students will have a better understanding of cyberbullying, including its effects and possible consequences. Teacher: Please download the activity sheets that accompany the video. They are located on the same page as the video.

Cyberbullying: Be UpstandingStudents learn about the difference between being a passive bystander versus a brave upstander in cyberbullying situations.

A Creator's Rights: Students are introduced to copyright, fair use, and the rights they have as creators.

My MediaStudents review their media habits and the array of media they use on a weekly basis, and reflect on the role of digital media in their lives.

Post To Be Private: Students view a video to discover the benefits and dangers around Social Networking. They end the lesson with an activity that focuses on the importance of keeping your Profile safe and why you should not trust the information people include in their profiles. Students view profiles and evaluate based on their online safety. Teacher: Please download the student activities located on the same page as the video.

Safe Online Talk: While acknowledging the benefits of online talk and messaging, students consider scenarios in which they may feel uncomfortable, or may encounter inappropriate behavior on the Internet.

Which Me Should I Be? Students learn that presenting themselves in different ways online carries both benefits and risks.

Profile Penalty: Online profiles can be viewed by anyone, including coaches, employers, and college admissions offices. Everything in a profile represents who you are. What does it say about you? Students will watch the NSTeens video and discuss how the actions they take online have off-line consequences. They will create a Q&A Sheet to share with their peers. Teacher: Download the activity sheets located on the same page the video is on.

Trillion Dollar Footprint: Students learn that they have a digital footprint, which can be searched, shared, and seen by a large, invisible audience. Students then learn that they can take some control over their digital footprint based on what they post online.

Identifying High Quality Sites: Students explore the idea that anyone can publish on the Internet, so not all sites are equally trustworthy. They need to carefully evaluate the sites they use for research, and then decide which ones they can trust.

Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line: Students learn to distinguish good-natured teasing from cyberbullying. Students learn about serious forms of cyberbullying.

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