We all are aware of usage and advantages of internet these days. We frequently use internet for online classes, connecting with friends, family, sharing messages through what’s app, using different apps to sale and purchase things, banking, online games etc. It is now a process which we all follow without thinking much about its harmful effects. We all share some or other messages and many times we share/forward messages which we think is funny and harmless for anyone.
Many of you or your friends, siblings or parents must be having social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap chat etc. where they have created their own profiles before using the same. We do not think much what information we are sharing there? How much we need to share? How can strangers see our profiles? How any unknown person or hackers will use this information?
Through this activity, let’s encourage our ACTIZENS to think more about practices to stay safe and secure while using the internet, creating profiles in social media apps or other useful apps.
- Students will be able to recognize the importance of digital safety and security.
- Students will be able to comprehend about practices to ensure digital safety as ACTiZEN.
- Students will describe the practices to ensure digital safety and spread awareness about it.
- Skills - Active listening, and logical thinking.
- Values: Respect
|S. No.||Session Details||Estimated Time Required|
|1||Step 1: Instructions (8-10 mins)
Step 2: Activity (As HW in Diwali Break)
Step 3: Debrief (8-10 mins)
Pen and Notebook
Step 1: Instructions (8-10 mins)
Time: 8-10 minutes
Teacher will give instructions to do this activity during the Diwali Break at home.
- Ask students to conduct a survey with 5 other individuals (in family/neighborhood) and compile the findings in table below.
|Questions||Person 1 Responses||Person 2 Responses||Person 3 Responses||Person 4 Responses||Person 5 Responses|
|1||Which are 4-5 apps that you use daily/in a week?|
|2||Which social media apps you use?|
|3||How often do you access them?|
|4||Is using social media a bad thing? Yes/No and why?|
|5||What data is required to create profiles in these social media apps?|
|6||What can happen if we share too much information on social media?|
|7||What are 1-2 steps that you take to stay safe online?|
Ask students to compile these findings and reflect what are the few safety measure to stay safe online. Students can also find about the logos of the apps used.
Debrief (After the HW is done)
Estimated Time: 5-8 mins
Ask students the following questions to debrief the activity:
- What did we learn from this activity?
- What are few steps that you will take to stay safe online?
- What awareness messages will you spread to others to stay safe online?
Note: Teacher can refer to Annexure 1 for few basic safety rules while using the social media apps
Reflection Sheets, Activity Report & Feedback Form
Teachers kindly fill in the feedback form, remind office bearers to fill activity report and remind students also to fill up the reflection sheets.
Annexure 1 – Basic safety rules while using social media apps
Basic safety rules while using social media apps –
- Use a strong password whenever you create your profile in any social media account and keep it secret. The longer it is, the more secure it will be, change your passwords frequently.
- Use a different password for each of your social media accounts.
- Set up your security answers. This option is available for most social media sites.
- If you have social media apps on your phone, be sure to password protect your device and don’t let anyone open and misuse the same.
- Be selective with friend requests. If you don’t know the person, don’t accept their request. It could be a fake account which is harmful.
- Click links with caution. Social media accounts are regularly hacked. Look out for language or content that does not sound like something your friend would post. Inform your parents about such links before opening it.
- Be careful about what you share. Don’t reveal sensitive personal information i.e. home address, financial information, phone number, family information etc. The more you post the easier it is to have your identity stolen.
- Become familiar with the privacy policies of the social media channels you use and customize your privacy settings to control who sees what.
- Protect your computer by installing antivirus software to safeguard. Also ensure that your browser, operating system, and software are kept up to date.
- Remember to log off when you’re done.