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Cell Phone Safety

Life Skills:

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Character
  • Social & Civic Responsibility

Curriculum Tie:

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 45 minutes.

Group Size:
Small Groups


 

Summary:
After reviewing the positives and negatives of cell phones and cell phone usage safety tips, students will explore a scenario in which a friendly relationship turns to a bullying one involving cell phones and computers.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Health Education I (7-8)
Standard 4 Objective 4

Examine the dangers of inappropriate use of current technology.

Materials:

Attachments

  • Cyberbullying_Not_a_Pretty_Picture.pdf
    This activity gives students an example of cell phone abuse and gives the student an opportunity to evaluate how they might react and how they might deal with the problem. They can then get into small groups and share their thoughts with others.

Background For Teachers:
Teachers may want to read the activity sheet on cell phone safety before beginning the lesson.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will identify basic cell phone safety rules.

Instructional Procedures:
Introduction:

What are the positive uses of cell phones?

  • quick communication
  • mobile communication
What are some of the risks of cell phone use?
  • Your cell phone can be a direct link between you and spammers, scammers, identity thieves, online predators, and cyber bullies.
I. Basic Safety Tips For Cell Phone Use
  1. Protect your privacy
    1. Only give your number to people you know and trust.
    2. Never reply to text messages from people you don't know.
    3. Know how to block others from calling your phone.
  2. Respect Others
    1. Think about how a text message might read before you send it.
    2. Never give anyone else's number without asking them first.
    3. Never take pictures of anyone on your phone without their permission.
  3. Use Common Sense
    1. Never send inappropriate pictures from your cell phone.
    2. Never meet someone in real life that you only know through text messaging.
Activity: Organize your students into groups of 4-6 students. Pass out the activity sheet in the materials section of this lesson plan and have students read the scenario and generate solutions to the problem.

Have students share their solutions with the class.

Strategies For Diverse Learners:
The gifted student can act as a mentor to the struggling student by discussing and completing the worksheet together

Extensions:

Attachments

Assessment Plan:
Students may be given a participation grade for contributing solutions to the group discussion.

Bibliography:
This lesson was generated from material at www.cybersmartcurriculum.org

Author:
DEBORAH DICKSON
CATHERINE PETERSON
Cindy Baker

Created Date :
Oct 26 2009 13:43 PM

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