Resources for Grades 9–12

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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).

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Video

grades 8–12

Getting to Know Deepfakes

Find out what deepfakes are and how they might affect our world. What are three things you can do to avoid getting fooled by them?

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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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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.

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.

Activity

grades 9–12

Screen-Free Substitutes

Dream up and then do offline versions of your favorite online activities (Instagram = old-school letter, Call of Duty = strategy board game, etc.).

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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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is the internet making you meaner

Video

grades 10–12

Is the Internet Making You Meaner?

Are people online meaner than in real life? Use this video to explore this phenomenon, and reflect on your own experiences.

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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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friendships and boundaries

Video

grades 9–12

Friendships and Boundaries

Find out how other teens maintain friendship boundaries in a world of constant connection. How could you set better boundaries with your friends?

Activity

grades 9–12

Finding Your Balance

Pay attention to how you feel after you've been using a screen for a while. Write about what you notice. What's a good balance for you?

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Activity

grades 9–12

Screen-Free Substitutes

Dream up and then do offline versions of your favorite online activities (Instagram = old-school letter, Call of Duty = strategy board game, etc.).

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Activity

grades 9–12

Finding Your Balance

Pay attention to how you feel after you've been using a screen for a while. Write about what you notice. What's a good balance for you?

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Activity

grades 9–12

Check Your Settings

Take a minute to check and adjust the settings on your favorite apps or devices. Is it using your location? Can anyone send you a message?

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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.

Activity

grades 9–12

Privacy's the Best Policy

Find and read the privacy policy of your favorite app or game. What information do they collect? Do they sell it? What else do you notice?

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Activity

grades 9–12

Psst—Don't Pass it On

Scroll through your camera roll. Is there anything that would embarrass you if it were shared? How do you decide what to share?

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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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scoring social media

Article/Ebook

grades 10–12

Scoring Social Media

Read this report on how social media platforms have pledged to battle false information. After: research ways to more critically consume news on social media.

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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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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 10–12

Responsible Use

Watch this video from the Bay Area's KQED and use the worksheet to reflect on how screen time and media use affect our well-being.

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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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deepfakes video title screen

Video

grades 8–12

Getting to Know Deepfakes

Find out what deepfakes are and how they might affect our world. What are three things you can do to avoid getting fooled by them?

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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?

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.

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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is the internet making you meaner

Video

grades 10–12

Is the Internet Making You Meaner?

Are people online meaner than in real life? Use this video to explore this phenomenon, and reflect on your own experiences.

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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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friendships and boundaries

Video

grades 9–12

Friendships and Boundaries

Find out how other teens maintain friendship boundaries in a world of constant connection. How could you set better boundaries with your friends?

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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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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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managing online use

Video

grades 7–9

The Pressure to Stay Connected

Hear what other teens have to say about how digital media has them feeling "hooked." Do you feel the same way? How might you manage your use?

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screen time

Video

grades 10–12

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much?

What's the difference between active and passive screen time? Explore the effects of screen time and how much is right for you.

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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).

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Website/App

grades 10–12

Young Voter's Guide

Cut through the election season hype and find the information you need with these news and media literacy resources.

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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.