Digital Literacy Newsletter


Private & Personal Information

Students should determine the difference between private information and personal information. As students navigate through websites in the classroom or at home THEY will ask for information. These kids needs to learn the difference between the two.

Goals and Objectives (Online & Personal Information)

  • learn about the benefits of sharing information online, but also about the safety and security risks of sharing certain types of information.
  • understand what type of information can put them at risk for identity theft and other scams.
  • distinguish between personal information, which is safe to share online, and private information, which is unsafe to share.


Learning the Difference Between Private & Personal Information in the Classroom

Students will learn that Private information that you share can not be used to identify you but it may be shared online. Private information consists of age, gender, number of siblings, number of pets, favorite food, music etc..

Personal information should not be put out on the internet. This information can be used to identify you. This information includes you email, address, last name, phone number etc..

In my classroom students will learn to identify between the two.

1. I will give out worksheets of different examples and they will label what is private and what is personal.

Below is a helpful game for students learning the difference between private and personal.

NetSafe Episode 2: What is Personal Information? (Grades K-3)
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Cyberbullying & Digital Drama

Cyberbullying among students is an issue in today's technology. With kids having access to the internet at home, school, and other various locations we come across many problems dealing with digital drama and cyber bullying. As teachers we need to know how to approach these issues and solve them so students can be aware of the dangers of cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying Allignment with Louisiana Standards of Digital Literacy

A.R.4 -Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

Goals and Objectives (Cyberbullying & Digital Drama)

  • empathize with those who have received mean and hurtful messages.
  • judge what it means to cross the line from harmless to harmful communication online.
  • generate solutions for dealing with cyberbullying.


My Future Classroom Stands Against Cyberbullying

A student starts out thinking nothing of cyber bullying, but they think everything of a real bully. In my classroom I will explain the two meanings of both types of bullies and how they are the same thing and both hurtful. I will create games and activities to help students learn the meaning of both and the consequences of both.

In classroom Activities:

1. Create skits that show the class what cyberbullying is

2. Give cut out footprint shapes to each student. Students will then write in their own words what cyberbulling is and why we should not participate in mean behavior. Collect all the feet and have students help glue them on a big piece of poster. Title the poster "We stand against bullying" and hang it in the classroom or even in the hallway so other students can see.

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How to Beat Cyberbullies

Online Relationships & Communication

Students need to always be cautious with who they meet online. Many students think it is okay to become friendly with people they have never met online but as teachers we need to inform students the dangers of communicating with people we do not know through the internet.

Goals and Objectives (Online Relationships & Communication)

  • compare and contrast online-only friends and in-person, face-to-face pals.
  • analyze why private information should not be given to anyone online without the permission of a trusted adult.
  • debate how to respond if an online-only friend asks them personal questions.


1. If an adult that you do not know ever contacts you then tell your parents.

2. If anyone at anytime ever make you feel uncomfortable on the internet tell your parents.

3. If you are not comfortable to talk to your parents then tell a friend or even your teacher.

My goal as a teacher is to make every student comfortable enough with me. If a student is unable to talk to their parents about a scary situation then it is important for the students to have someone to talk to. It is after that when the teacher decides that the parents need to be informed.

Learning the Dangers of Online Relationships in the Classroom

"It can never happen to me" this is the thought that goes through many students heads as they start to create frienships in the online words. As a teacher, my goal is to make a student knowledgeable in the dangers of creating a friendship with someone online. I want every one of my students to have the mindset that "this CAN happen to me."

online classroom acitivities:

1. Hand out student activity sheets with different comments on them (age appropriate) and let the kids determine what is safe and what is not safe.

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Internet Safety with Annie and Moby

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