S.M.A.R.T. Sixth Grade:

Safety First:

Discovery Education Streaming: Internet Safety Pitfalls and Dangers

Just like safety rules at home or in a public place, it is essential to follow precautionary measures while using the Internet for chatting with friends on social network sites, shopping online, or browsing for information. The program raises awareness of common dangers in cyberspace and offers suggestions for avoiding and dealing with these problems. The presentation wraps up with a review and quiz questions.

Safe Online Talk: Students reflect on the benefits and potential risks of online talk and messaging. They learn how to recognize inappropriate talk or questionable behavior online, and learn how to apply commonsense tips to online talk. Students will:

  • Describe positive aspects of online talking and messaging
  • Identify situations in which flirting and inappropriate talk is risky
  • Learn about online predators and how they gain kids' trust
  • Understand the value of fair use by reworking and remixing copyrighted material in a collage or video

Supporting Lesson Materials

Security Lessons

My Creations or Credit Given:

Respecting Create Work

Young people are creating and publishing their own writing, music, videos, and artwork. They live in a world where information is easily available to copy, paste, and remix. The lessons in this unit address students' rights and responsibilities about respecting creative work, as well as explore topics ranging from copyright to fair use. Students reflect on the ethics of using creative work from others, and they are encouraged to celebrate their role as 21st-century creative artists.
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Students are introduced to different search options and effective strategies for finding information. They make informed choices about which search sites to use, and to use search tools and precise keywords to yield the best search results.
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Awareness of Accuracy:

My Media

Students review their media habits and the array of media they use on a weekly basis, and then reflect on the role of digital media in their lives. They log the time they spend with different forms of digital media and create bar graphs that provide a snapshot of their digital media lives. For the Extension Activity, students make a photo story of their digital lives. Students will:
  • Assess how much time they spend with media activities
  • Record and compare the time they spend with different forms of digital media and in different activities
  • Formulate a viewpoint on the role that digital media play in their lives

Responsible Postings:
Digital Life 101
Students are introduced to the 24/7, social nature of digital media and technologies, and they gain basic vocabulary and knowledge for discussing the media landscape. They watch the Digital Life Student Intro Video – Digital Life 101, which highlights how in today's connected culture we consume, create, collaborate, and communicate with digital media. Students then make similes about their own digital lives. For the Extension Activity, students turn their similes into songs about digital life, and for homework they challenge their parents in the "Got Media Smarts? Quiz." Students will:
  • Learn about the 24/7, social nature of digital media
  • Explore their digital lives
  • Learn that it is important to act responsibly when carrying out relationships over digital media

Self-Expression and Identity


Students show who they are to the online world with avatars, social networking profiles, and posts. The lessons in this unit are designed to help students explore their online versus their offline identity. Students learn how the way they present themselves online can affect their relationships, sense of self, and reputations.
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Social Networking Tip Sheet for teens from NetSmartz offers a guide to help evaluate the appropriateness of social networking profiles and how to keep your information secure.

Traceable Footprint:
Trillion Dollar Footprint This lesson will provide students with the opportunity to learn about the digital footprints and what they want their footprint to be within their Digital Life.

Tracking Teresa video from Netsmartz shows how easily information can be found through your online habits. A quick way to show students how small clues can be traced to find out more details within minutes.

Thought Provoking Unit Wrap Up:
This is a great You-Tube video to review concepts presented throughout the unit. Be sure to note the credits given at the end of this video created by RozziBearHere.