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How do I: Share & stay safe online?

This guide covers Information, Media, and Digital Literacy concepts and Digital Citizenship concepts for Gr. K-6 students, as well as teachers & parents.

Inform: Share and Stay Safe Online

Use Strong Passwords

Social Media Safety

Popular social media tools like facebook, twitter, snapchat, online games, and instagram are commonly used by cyberbullies.  It is important to know how to protect yourself.  Use the privacy and protection settings that are available to you - each social media tool is different.

Cell phones and tablets with cameras are commonly used to access social media, therefore, they are also devices of choice for cyberbullies.  Use your devices responsibly and safely.  Learn how to block phone numbers, emails, and other communications that you don't want to receive. 

Cyberbullying often takes place when no adults are looking.  If someone bullies you online or in-person, do not stay quiet.  Tell a teacher, parent, or adult that you can trust!  

Digital Citizenship Videos for Junior Students

Self Assess: What do you know?

What is safe to share online?

Why do I need to SHARE SAFELY?

Be very careful about what information you share online.  Talking to new people or trying new games and Apps is great!  But, people can keep the information that you share with them and try to sell you things.  Strangers can even pretend that they are you!  

How to Stay Safe Online: Be SMART

Should you open every email that you get?  Not at all!!!  Learn more from Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew.

Get more information from the Childnet International website.

What emails, messages, and links are safe to open?

  • Only open emails sent by people that you know and trust.  Make sure that you recognize the email address of the sender.
  • Do not open emails with weird or strange subject lines.  If the subject line is:
    • Threatening - tries to tell you that you have to do something 'or else'
    • Vague - doesn't tell you what the email is about
    • Says you won a prize or vacation
    • Selling you something 

          ...then treat is like spam and delete it!

What is spam?

Spam is unwanted emails that are sent to you by companies, fake organizations, hackers, etc.  It is basically "Junk Mail."  They can pose threats to your personal information and your computer.  

There are different ways to help prevent you from getting spam (e.g. filters and spam blockers).  You can also get help to see if you have subscribed to get email updates from certain sites.  Unsubscribing should prevent you from getting regular updates.

Not everyone is who they say they are online.  Be very careful about who you talk to and what you tell them.

Get more information from the Childnet International website.


Check out the amazing resources below!  They include videos, games, and lots of information to help you know who is safe to share with online.  These great sites talk about other really important topics too.

See why you should only chat with friends that you trust online.  Do not tell people your personal and private information.  

Get more information from the Childnet International website.

Have you seen someone being cyberbullied?  

Did you know that if you don't say anything that you are helping the bully to keep bullying?  

Think about the ethical thing to do.  

People can say mean things online.  Often you do not know who these people are.  If someone is bullying you online be sure to tell your teacher, a parent, or another adult that you can trust. Get more information from the Childnet International website.

It can be very dangerous to meet-up with new people that you have only talked to online.  Aways check with an adult before you do this.  Ask your mom or dad to come with you if they give you permission to meet this person.

Get more information from the Childnet International website.



Click on either image, for the 8 x 11 poster!

Interactive Digital Citizenship Games

Image from the website FBI Safe Online Surfing

The American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has create a fun interactive gaming website that teaches and quizzes students from Grade 3 to 8 on their Digital Citizenship skills.  This website, called FBI Cyber Surf Island, covers these topics:

  • Netiquette
  • Cyberbullying
  • Safe Passwords
  • Privacy
  • Reporting

***Note: this program is only available throughout the school year, from September to June.


The PBS Kids website, Webonauts Internet Academy, sends students on interactive missions to confront issues central to Digital Citizenship.  These include:

  • Identity 
  • Privacy
  • Credibility
  • Web Safety 

These games are geared towards students age 8 to 10 years old.

This Media Smarts game is for students 7 to 9 years of age.  Privacy Pirates teaches students to distinguish between information that is appropriate to share and information that should be kept private.  

In the game students assemble a map leading to a pirate treasure to introduce the idea that personal information has value. The students will be asked a variety of quesions about privacy and personal information on the Internet.  Correct choices will be rewarded with an additional piece of the map.

Media Smarts strongly recommends that teachers/parents read the below document prior to students playing the game as students may require assistance with the concepts and vocabulary.

Privacy Playground: The First Adventure of the Three CyberPigs, created by Media Smarts, is designed for students ages 8-10.  In this game the CyberPigs play on their favourite website and encounter marketing ploys, spam and a close encounter with a not-too-friendly wolf. 

The purpose of this game is to teach students how to spot online marketing strategies, protect their personal information and avoid online predators.

Please find the teacher's guide below.  It provides instructions on how to play the game as well as supporting classroom materials.

This amazing interactive tutorial reinforces the concepts of computer security, through a series of games and activities.  This tutorial is for students ages 5-7 years old.

The website is produced by Cybersmart, and is supported by the Australian Communication and Media Authority (i.e. the Australian Government.)

Click on the below link to access the tutorial along with supporting materials for parents & teachers.

A collection of games, e-books, activities and puzzes. An interactive way of teaching young people how to recognize dangers and increase self-confidence whenever they go online.

Created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, they are suitable for primary students  and up.

Includes games such as "Password Rap", "Inbox Defenfer" and "Clicky's Quest".

The Zoe and Molly Online website is operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Their goal is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to Canadians.

The program is geared to students in Grade 3 and Grade 4.

It includes on-line comics, links to teacher & parent resources. 

For Students Gr. 6-8

Top Secret, created by Media Smarts, is an interactive narrated tutorial teaches students about the benefits and drawbacks of sharing information online. Students give their opinion about what the characters in the story should do about their privacy dilemmas, from posting photos to buying music online, and they receive feedback on their responses as the story unfolds.

For Students Grades 6-9

Common Sense Media has created this choose-your-own adventure digital citizenship game to help students explore digital dilemmas, and make good (and not-so-good) decisions.  In this gaming environment can experiment with different solutions through stories and mini-games without risking their real-world reputations.

Play online, or get the app HERE!