Resources for Grades 6–8

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online news

Video

grades 4–6

Reading News Online

What are the different parts of a news article or website? Learn how to identify them and make sure you're consuming more trustworthy info.

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looking carefully at the news

Activity

grades 6–8

Looking Carefully at the News

The news can cause strong feelings. Read some headlines and consider how they might influence someone's reactions.

Video

grades 6–12

How to Fact-Check History

Learn from a professional fact-checker how to verify information—including events that happened a long time ago.

Video

grades 6–12

How to Choose Your News

Learn how opinions and facts affect the news and how to tell them apart.

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What does it mean to be a digital citizen?

Video

Preschool–grade 8

What Does It Mean to Be a Digital Citizen?

Reflect on your digital life as you watch this video. Think about how you will act, create, learn, and lead. How will you be a digital citizen today?

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targeted political ads

Lesson

grades 8–12

Targeted Political Ads

Explore the ways microtargeted political ads attempt to influence elections. Watch the video, and then use the worksheet and discussion questions to dig deeper.

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digital life

Video

grades 4–6

Digital Life 101

Use this video to reflect on the media you consume, create, and share. Consider drawing out a map similar to the one in the video.

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bystanders and upstanders

Activity

grades 6–8

Bystanders and Upstanders

When we see digital drama or cyberbullying, we have a choice: We can be bystanders or upstanders. Talk through a few ways you can be an upstander.

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power of words and actions

Activity

grades 6–8

If I Share __ What Will Happen?

How can actions online affect others, both positively and negatively? Think through the consequences of different types of online posts.

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digital footprints

Activity

grades 6–8

Digital Footprints: Looking at Our Online Selves

Evaluate your own digital footprint and decide: What impression do you think you make? How do others see you online?

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Google Interland illustration

Interactive

grades 2–6

Interland: Be Internet Awesome

Explore four islands in this game by Google that covers key digital citizenship topics like protecting privacy, sharing safely, and being kind online.

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protecting your personal info

Activity

grades 6–8

Protecting Your Personal Info

Find out what personal information you might be giving up when you're online. Which online activities should you avoid, and which are OK?

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looking carefully at the news

Activity

grades 6–8

Looking Carefully at the News

The news can cause strong feelings. Read some headlines and consider how they might influence someone's reactions.

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bystanders and upstanders

Activity

grades 6–8

Bystanders and Upstanders

When we see digital drama or cyberbullying, we have a choice: We can be bystanders or upstanders. Talk through a few ways you can be an upstander.

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power of words and actions

Activity

grades 6–8

If I Share __ What Will Happen?

How can actions online affect others, both positively and negatively? Think through the consequences of different types of online posts.

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digital footprints

Activity

grades 6–8

Digital Footprints: Looking at Our Online Selves

Evaluate your own digital footprint and decide: What impression do you think you make? How do others see you online?

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protecting your personal info

Activity

grades 6–8

Protecting Your Personal Info

Find out what personal information you might be giving up when you're online. Which online activities should you avoid, and which are OK?

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balance with bedtime checklist

Activity

grades 6–8

Balance with Bedtime Checklist

Not getting enough sleep affects our physical health, our emotions, and how well we work. Make sure your devices aren't stealing your sleep!

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online safety

Activity

grades 6–12

If You Taught Online Safety…

Read this info about online safety, then imagine you're teaching it to younger kids. Make it interesting by creating a slideshow, movie, poster, or comic.

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Pamphlets from Tactical Tech

Activity

grades 6–12

Data Detox Kit

This activity book helps young people put their privacy and well-being first by taking back control from tech and media.

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balancing life and technology

Activity

grades 6–8

My Media Choices Inventory

Use the worksheet to chart out your media diet. Ask a family member or friend to do it too. Think about and discuss the results.

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Google Interland illustration

Interactive

grades 2–6

Interland: Be Internet Awesome

Explore four islands in this game by Google that covers key digital citizenship topics like protecting privacy, sharing safely, and being kind online.

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Newsably website screenshot

Interactive

grades 6–12

News Feed Defenders

Understand the essential qualities of good journalism, how news goes viral, and common tactics employed in news to deceive or manipulate reads.

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character cartoons

Interactive

grades 6–8

Digital Compass™

Explore how decisions made in your digital life can affect your relationships and future.

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Interactive

grades 7–12

News Literacy Quiz

Test your critical-thinking skills with this free app that uses actual examples of deceptive (and not) media.

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targeted political ads

Lesson

grades 8–12

Targeted Political Ads

Explore the ways microtargeted political ads attempt to influence elections. Watch the video, and then use the worksheet and discussion questions to dig deeper.

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remote control

Lesson

grades 8–12

How Netflix Keeps You Watching

Check out this video about Netflix's manipulative thumbnails. Work through the discussion questions to think through the benefits and costs of data-driven media platforms.

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Tak a Break

Lesson

grades 7–9

Digital Media and Your Brain

In this lesson, students consider how digital media tries to get them hooked, and what they can do about it.

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Lesson

grades 6–8

Self-Guided Social Media Lessons

Work through one of these research-backed simulations that'll help you practice the skills you need to navigate tricky and challenging situations on social media.

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broken news

Lesson

grades 8–12

Is Breaking News Broken?

Work through this lesson plan that'll help you consider how social media has affected breaking news as well as elections and voting.

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online news

Video

grades 4–6

Reading News Online

What are the different parts of a news article or website? Learn how to identify them and make sure you're consuming more trustworthy info.

Video

grades 6–12

How to Fact-Check History

Learn from a professional fact-checker how to verify information—including events that happened a long time ago.

Video

grades 6–12

How to Choose Your News

Learn how opinions and facts affect the news and how to tell them apart.

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What does it mean to be a digital citizen?

Video

Preschool–grade 8

What Does It Mean to Be a Digital Citizen?

Reflect on your digital life as you watch this video. Think about how you will act, create, learn, and lead. How will you be a digital citizen today?

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digital life

Video

grades 4–6

Digital Life 101

Use this video to reflect on the media you consume, create, and share. Consider drawing out a map similar to the one in the video.

Video

grades 6–12

Protecting Your Privacy

Learn how your private info can end up online, whether you intended it to or not.

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avoid common online issues

Video

grades 6–12

Avoid Common Online Issues

Watch these videos that tackle lots of online issues like cyberbullying, sharing photos, and online identity from teens' perspectives.

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sexting and risks

Video

grades 8–12

Sexting, Relationships, and Risks

Watch teens' honest -- and sometimes frank -- thoughts about the pressures and risks that come with sexting. How would you react in similar situations?

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oversharing

Video

grades 7–9

Oversharing and Your Digital Footprint

Listen to other students' thoughts and experiences with social media. Do you think you're an oversharer?

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digital footprint

Video

grades 6–8

What's in Your Digital Footprint

Find out what a digital footprint is and how you should think about it before posting and sharing information online.

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what is digital citizenship

Video

grades 6–12

What Is Digital Citizenship?

Learn what skills you need to become an awesome digital citizen.

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comparing bullying and cyber bullying

Video

grades 4–6

What's Cyberbullying?

What counts as cyberbullying? Learn what it is, and what it isn't, and give kids important tools they'll need to combat the problem.

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Digital Citizenship illustration

Website/App

grades K–12

Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Help students take ownership of their digital lives with lessons that address the digital dilemmas they face today, and give them the skills they need to succeed as digital learners.

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Teacher in computer lab with students

Website/App

grades 7–12

Applied Digital Skills

Practical project-based lessons teach critical computer skills.

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Family looking at tablet

Website/App

grades K–12

Digital Citizenship Resources

Prepare kids to think critically and use technology in positive, creative, and powerful ways (available in multiple languages).