Lesson 1: Going Places Safely


In collaboration with Common Sense Media, this lesson helps students learn that many websites ask for information that is private and discusses how to responsibly handle such requests. Students also find out that they can go to exciting places online, but they need to follow certain rules to remain safe.


Common Sense Education has created this lesson to teach kids the importance of being safe online. By relating places in the real world to websites on the internet, students will make important connections between safe websites and safe places in their own neighborhood.


Warm Up (20 min)

Main Activity (20 min)

Wrap Up (15 min)

Extended Learning

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Students will be able to:

  • Understand that being safe when they visit websites is similar to staying safe in real life
  • Learn to recognize websites that are safe for them to visit.
  • Recognize the kind of information that is private and understand that it should never be shared online.


  • Print one assessment for each student.
  • Make sure each student has a journal.
  • Review CSF Digital Citizenship resource list for more online safety content.


Heads Up! Please make a copy of any documents you plan to share with students.

For the Teachers

For the Students


  • Digital Citizen - Someone who acts safely, responsibly, and respectfully online.


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Teaching Guide

Warm Up (20 min)

Where We Go

  • Invite students to talk about places they have visited on a class field trip.
    • If students have limited experience with field trips, provide some examples of the types of places they could visit as a class, such as museums, science centers, or zoos.
    • Have students choose a place they would like to go on a class field trip.
  • Have students take an imaginary field trip to their chosen place.
    • Narrate the preparations while having students pantomime what’s happening – For example: put on your jacket; climb on/off the bus; get your ticket checked; go inside.
      • Have students describe what they think they might see and do once they arrive.
  • Let the students sit back down, then ask: "What do you need to do to stay safe when you visit new places?"

Play Going Places Safely - Lesson Video.

What three rules does the character (Arms) follow when he goes places online?

1) Always ask your parent (or teacher) first

2) Only talk to people you know

3) Stick to places that are just right for you

Now, let's see what more we can do to keep ourselves safe.

Main Activity (20 min)

Keep It Private

  • Invite students to give examples of information that they should keep private.
    • Write down their responses on the board or chart paper so that you can return to them later in the lesson.
  • Make sure they understand that private information includes the following:
    • full name
    • age
    • address
    • telephone number
    • email address (or parents’ email addresses)
    • where they go to school or after school
    • where their parents work
  • Encourage students to discuss why it is important to keep this information private.

    • Stress that it is never safe to give out private information to people they don’t know.
    • Students should always ask a parent or caregiver before they give out private information to anyone.
  • Hand out the worksheet and allow students to complete the activity independently after the instructions have been well explained.

    • This should feel familiar, thanks to the video and discussion.

Wrap Up (15 min)

Flash Chat: What did we learn?

  • What information should you always keep private when you are using the computer?
  • What can the Internet be used for?
  • What rules do we have for visiting places online?

Lesson Tip

Flash Chat questions are intended to spark big-picture thinking about how the lesson relates to the greater world and the students' greater future. Use your knowledge of your classroom to decide if you want to discuss these as a class, in groups, or with an elbow partner.

Take the time to discuss again what is appropriate information to share on the Internet, and what is not:

Appropriate Not Appropriate
Interests Address
Hobbies Full Name
First Name Information that would hurt others


Goal: Help students reflect on the things they learned in this lesson

Give the students a journal prompt to help them process some of the things that they encountered during the day.

Journal prompts could include:

  • What was today’s lesson about?
  • Draw some things that you should never talk to a stranger about on the internet. For example, draw your house to represent your address, draw your school, or draw your family.
  • Draw one of the Feeling Faces - Emotion Images that shows how you felt about today's lesson in the corner of your journal page.
  • Draw a computer lab "Do" and a "Don't"

Extended Learning

Use these activities to enhance student learning. They can be used as outside of class activities or other enrichment.

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Student Instructions

Standards Alignment

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CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards (2017)

IC - Impacts of Computing
  • 1A-IC-17 - Work respectfully and responsibly with others online.
  • 1A-IC-18 - Keep login information private, and log off of devices appropriately.

Cross-curricular Opportunities

This list represents opportunities in this lesson to support standards in other content areas.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards

L - Language
  • K.L.6 - Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.
SL - Speaking & Listening
  • K.SL.1 - Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • K.SL.2 - Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.

Common Core Math Standards

G - Geometry
  • K.G.1 - Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
MP - Math Practices
  • MP.1 - Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

Next Generation Science Standards

ETS - Engineering in the Sciences
ETS1 - Engineering Design
  • K-2-ETS1-1 - Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.