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Safety in my Online Neighbourhood

By Common Sense Education for 45 minutes
Grades 1-3
English Language Arts,
Social Sciences
  • Technology and Society
Tools & Languages

Key Coding Concepts

  • Sequences



Using a computer, tablet or smartphone to visit a website or app



A place you can visit on the internet



A network of computers connected together

The power of the internet allows students to experience and visit places they might not be able to see in person. But, just like traveling in the real world, it's important to be safe when traveling online. On this virtual field trip, kids can practice staying safe on online adventures.

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  • WiFi enabled devices for students (tablets, laptops, computer, phones)

Before the lesson...
  • Review lesson plan
  • Review key coding concepts and ensure you are confident describing them to your group
  • Familiarize yourself with the websites students will visit on the virtual field trip
  • Locate and gather technology + optional materials


Ask: What do you need to do to stay safe when you visit new places? (A: Reinforce the following safety rules: Always go places with an adult, don't wander off on your own, and talk only with people you know)

Say: Today we're going to talk about how visiting places on the internet is a lot like visiting places in real life. Just like there are rules that keep you safe when you visit new places in the world, there are ways to keep yourself safe online.

Define online as using a computer, phone, or tablet to visit a website or app.

Show the My Online Neighborhood video.

Ask: What did Arms like about the internet? What kinds of things can Arms do on the internet? (A: Arms like to visit cool places, they can talk to their family and friends, they can learn lots of new things and they can create things on the internet.)

Ask: What three rules does Arms follow when they visit places online? (A: Reinforce the three main rules. Always ask a parent (or adult you trust) first, only talk to people you know, and stick to places that are just right for you.)

Explain that sticking to places that are "just right" means making sure it is a site or app that is appropriate for kids, and that you have permission to be there.


Say: Now we're going to learn a short poem to help us remember the rules for staying safe online. First I'll read the poem, and then we'll read it together.

Optional: Use project Slide 7 and model the poem's actions as you read the poem aloud. This is a call-and-response poem with different actions that correspond to each of the three safety rules.

Read the poem aloud with your students. As the students read, they should follow along with the actions. The poem also works well to have one of the students playing the role of the teacher and having the class respond to him or her.

Safety, It Rules! By Jenny Pritchett
We need to be safe
Whenever we're online
So we follow these rules
To have a good time!
[Hold up 1 finger] Always ask your parents first!
[Hold up 2 fingers] Only talk to people you know!
[Hold up 3 fingers] Stick to sites just right for you!
And we'll be safe
Wherever we go!

Work Session

Say: The computer makes it possible for you to visit faraway places without ever leaving the classroom.

Define a website as a place you can visit on the internet. Explain to students that on the internet, they can visit websites or apps for real places, such as zoos and museums. These places may be far from where they live, but they can visit them online.

Choose a website to explore as a class. If you're not sure of a good one to explore, try one of the following:

Ask: What's the first rule before turning on a device or opening up a website or app? (A: Ask for permission from an adult before using a device or visiting a website or app.)

Explore the website you selected with your class, allowing students to choose pages and activities that are most interesting to them. As you go through the site, point out how students are following the other two safety rules for going online: only talking to people they know, and sticking to places that are just right for them.

Ask students what they learned on their internet field trip.

Ask: How did you follow the three safety rules when you visited the site?

Say: Today we talked about how the internet allows us to visit faraway places. We learned that traveling to new places on the internet is a lot like going places in real life. We also learned three important safety rules when visiting websites or apps.


Distribute the Pause & Think Moment to each student. Read the directions aloud and allow students to complete the handout independently.

Invite students to share their reflections with the class. Collect handouts to assess student learning.

Learning Outcomes
  • I can practice good digital citizenship
  • I can demonstrate basic computer skills
  • I gained an understanding of digital literacy concepts

Assessment Ideas

Invite students to share their reflections with the class. Collect handouts to access student learning for the following:

  • Three rules when visiting places online

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