Finding online safety curriculum for elementary students that in informative and engaging isn’t always easy. The other day I stumbled upon two online stories that make learning about online safety fun and educational.
Both resources are from Media Smarts, Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy.
The first is “Privacy Playground: The First Adventure of the Three Cyberpigs” (http://mediasmarts.ca/game/privacy-playground-first-adventure-three-cyberpigs).
This interactive story, which is designed for ages 8-10, introduces the CyberPigs who play on their favorite website and encounter marketing ploys, spam and a close encounter with a not-too-friendly wolf.
Follow this adventure with “CyberSense and Nonsense: The Second Adventure of the Three Cyberpigs” (http://mediasmarts.ca/game/cybersense-and-nonsense-second-adventure-three-cyberpigs).
Now the Cyberpigs learn about authenticating information they see online and learn that you can’t believe everything you read.
Both come with an accompanying Teacher’s Guide that explains how to play the game, gives background information, and provides activities and handouts for classroom use.