Saturday 27th January – #BeInternetAwesome Week 1

Good morning everyone and welcome to our first session of 2018!

As you may have seen on social media, our new topic is Internet Safety. The internet is a great tool but it must be used respectfully and responsibly to ensure everyone stays safe. Over our next 5 sessions we will be completing Google’s Be Internet Awesome online course. At the end of this, everyone will get an official Google certificate.

Share with Care

Today’s topic is Share With Care!


Key Terms

Digital footprint

Your digital footprint is everything on the Internet that makes you you! This could mean
photos, audio, videos, texts, blog posts, and messages you write on friendsʼ pages.

Personal information

Information about a specific person. Your personal information can be varying degrees of public or private, depending on how sensitive it is.


The area in any digital product, app, website, etc., where you can define or adjust what you share and how your account is handled


A point or limit that indicates where two things become different, or unofficial rules about what should not be done. Behaviour is acceptable on one side of the boundary, but not on the other.

Why does privacy matter?

Your digital footprint is everything on the Internet thatʼs about you. This could mean photos, audio, videos, texts, your posts on friendsʼ pages, etc. As you get older, a strong online presence can bring with it all kinds of benefits. The Internet makes it easy to communicate with family, friends, and people who love the same things that you do. We send messages, share pictures, and join conversations on social networks, sometimes without giving it a second thought.
But all this online connection can also pose various risks. Once somethingʼs out there, thereʼs no turning back. A picture or post that you think is funny and harmless today could be seen and misunderstood in the future by people you never wanted to show it to.

• Like everything else on the Internet, your digital footprint could be seen by anyone in
the world.
• Once something about you is online, it could be online forever.

Thatʼs why your privacy matters. You can protect it by sharing only things that youʼre sure you want to share—in other words, by being careful about what persona you create online.
Knowing when to stay silent is the key to respecting other peopleʼs privacy and protecting your own.

Handy Tip

Don’t put anything online that you wouldn’t want your granny to see!

Activity 1 – Can you keep a secret?

  1. Make up a secret
    First, everyone think of a pretend secret (not something real).
  2. Tell your partner
    Okay, got your secrets? Now letʼs all pair up, share your secret with your partner, and discuss these two questions:
    • Would you share this secret with anyone?
    • With whom would you share your secret and why?
  3. Tell the class
    Finally, each student will tell the class their secret and what they decided about sharing it.

Secrets are just one type of personal information that we might want to keep private, or
share only with trusted family or friends. What other kinds of information should we be
careful to protect?
• Your home address and phone number
• Your email password and other online passwords
• Your usernames
• Your schoolwork and other documents you create
• Your photos, videos, music, and other content

How we know what we (think we) know

Thereʼs a lot of personal information to be found on the Internet. Some of that information can cause us to make assumptions about people that arenʼt true. These are the questions weʼre going to explore:
• What can we learn about a person from their personal information?
• What can we guess from personal information, even if we arenʼt sure?
• Do we know how this information was collected in the first place?

Activity 2 – The Profile Guessing Game

In your pairs, look at the image below. Talk about each person and what you think they are like.


A new point of view

The information in your digital footprint could tell people more about you than you meant to reveal—and the consequences can be significant.
Letʼs take another look at the profile from our characterʼs POV.
• Do you think he or she wants people to know all this personal info?
• How might this information be used by other people?
Different situations call for different levels of privacy. Seeing the world from someone elseʼs point of view is the key to getting privacy right

Activity 3 – How do others see us?

Now we are going to look at the characters from the POV of one of these types of people:

  • Parent
  • Coach
  • Employer
  • Friend
  • Police
  • Advertiser
  • Yourself in 10 years

What’s important to your type? What conclusions would they reach about this profile? What information do you think your character wouldn’t want to share with this person?

Different people can see the same information and draw different conclusions from it.
Donʼt assume that people online will see you the way you think theyʼll see you.

Activity 4 – Privacy scenarios: What should you do?

Example #1: A kid you know at school gets bitten by a weird insect that causes an ugly
multicolored rash on her stomach. She doesnʼt want other people to know.
• Do other people have a right to know?
• Should you be the one to tell them?
Example #2: Someone writes in their diary. Another person copies what they wrote and posts it online.
• Was the other person wrong to post the diary entries?
• How would you feel if someone did this with your diary?
Example #3: Someone posts, “Have a good vacation,” on a friendʼs social media page.
• Had the friend announced publicly that they were going away?
• Are there more private ways to communicate this message—i.e., sending a private message or text?

Different situations call for different responses. And it’s always important to respect other people’s privacy choices, even if they aren’t the choices you yourself would make

Activity 5 – Interland: Mindful Mountain

The mountainous town center of Interland is a place where everyone mingles and crosses paths. But you must be very intentional about what you share and with whom…information travels at the speed of light and there’s an oversharer among the Internauts you know.
Visit and navigate to the land called Mindful Mountain.

Before you go…

  • Of all the posts you shared in the game, which type do you think you would share most often in real life? And why?
  • Describe a time when you may have accidentally shared something that you shouldnʼt have.
  • Why do you think the character in Mindful Mountain is called an oversharer?
  • Describe the oversharer’s character and how his actions affect the game.
  • Did playing Mindful Mountain change the way you’ll think about sharing with others online in the future?
  • Name one thing youʼll do differently after joining in these lessons and playing the game.
  • What is one example of a possible negative consequence from sharing something with the public instead of just your friends?
  • What steps can you take if you accidentally share something personal?

This lesson plan is from Google’s Be Internet Awesome curriculum