To begin my lesson on sharing information safely, I would play the eSafety Education video, Act eSafe. Within this video, the main character discusses how she can alter her privacy settings so that unknown people or apps could not see her personal information. I would use this section of the video as a discussion prompt with my students, exploring what is, and is not personal information. The students’ responses could be put on butchers paper to make a classroom display. Following this activity, I would explicitly teach that personal information is any information that can be used to identify you. Using Anna from the video, I would conduct a think-pair-share on why it is not good to share information. Then I would call on the pairs to volunteer one answer to the class, writing down the students’ responses as a class brainstorm. As a solidifying activity, I would present students with a fake social media account handout and have the students use red and green pencils to circle what information can be shared (green pencil) and what information should not be shared (red pencils). Once the students have finished the activity, I would sit the students down in a sharing circle and discuss their answers. An extension activity could be that the students design a social media account for themselves (on paper only) that is e-safe.
Video: eSaftey Education. (2021). Act eSafe . eSaftey Commissioner. https://www.esafety.gov.au/media/act-esafe