Digital Literacy Framework - Grades 7-8

Intermediate students still need continued guidance regarding Internet safety and protection of privacy, good citizenship and responsible Internet use. By this age, however, they can also assume more responsibility for the online spaces and communities they are part of: this is a good time to encourage positive social norms around sharing information and communicating online.

Given their increasing use of the Internet to find information, now is also a good time to introduce strategies for determining authorship and authority of online information so they can recognize good health information, biased or hateful content, and online scams and hoaxes.

At this age media influences on gender norms and body image are becoming more intense. Children need to learn to apply key media literacy concepts to online spaces such as social networks.

Children this age are also starting to form more intense friendships and, in some cases, beginning romantic relationships, as well as sharing more personal content online. They need to learn to recognize the qualities of healthy and unhealthy relationships and to make good choices about how they handle others’ personal information.

Young Canadians in a Wired World backgrounders:
Profile of Kids in Grades 6-7
Profiles of Kids in Grades 8-9


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Allies and Aliens: A Mission in Critical Thinking
Grades: 7-8

This interactive module is designed to increase students’ ability to recognize bias, prejudice and hate propaganda on the Internet and in other media.

Behaving Ethically Online: Ethics and Values
Grades: 7-8

In this lesson students consider how we come to hold values and how they affect our behaviour, especially online.

Click if You Agree
Grades: 7-8

Think you know how to read and understand privacy policies and terms of use? Learn how to make sense of legal documents for websites and apps with this interactive game. Includes a Teacher’s Guide for implementing the activity in the classroom.

Cyberbullying and Civic Participation
Grades: 7-8

In this lesson students explore the concepts of rules, values and ethics and learn how they influence our decision-making, and how they can contribute to creating positive online cultures.

Cyberbullying and the Law
Grades: 7-8

In this lesson students learn about and discuss the legal aspects of cyberbullying. They review a variety of hypothetical scenarios and a case study, and they consider the seriousness of the situations, who is legally responsible, what action (if any) should be taken and by whom.

Deconstructing Web Pages
Grades: 7-10

In this lesson students apply the “5Ws of Cyberspace” to sources of information they find online. Assuming the role of a student researching a science project, students must authenticate the information in an online article about the artificial sweetener, aspartame.

Editing Emotions
Grades: 5-9

In this lesson, students learn about the history of film editing and how shot composition, juxtaposition of images and the use of rhythm and repetition in film editing can affect the emotional impact of a film.

Finding and Authenticating Online Information on Global Development Issues
Grades: 7-12

In this lesson students learn strategies for using the Internet effectively to research global development issues.

Getting the Toothpaste Back into the Tube: A Lesson on Online Information
Grades: 6-8

In this lesson, students watch a short video that compares getting rid of personal information online to getting toothpaste back into a tube. After a short discussion of how visual analogies like this work, students discuss the meaning of the video (that information online is permanent.) They then read a series of short scenarios that help them identify four further principles of information online: that it can be copied, that it can be seen by unintended audiences, that it can be seen by larger audiences than intended, and that it becomes searchable

Hate 2.0
Grades: 8-10

In this lesson students learn about the ways in which hate may be encountered online strategies for confronting online hate.

Hate or Debate?

In this lesson students learn about the difference between legitimate debate on a political issue and arguments that are based on hate.

I heard it ‘round the Internet: Sexual health education and authenticating online information
Grades: 7-9

In this lesson students consider the use of the Internet as a research tool and learn how to use search engines more effectively. They then apply these newfound skills to investigating popular myths about sexuality and contraception.

ICYouSee: A Lesson in Critical Thinking
Grades: 8-10

In this lesson students use a web-based activity to help them think critically about how to determine the quality of web resources.

Impact! How to Make a Difference When You Witness Bullying Online 
Grades: 7-9

In this lesson, students discuss reasons why they might be reluctant to intervene when they witness cyberbullying and identify ways that they can help without making things worse. They then use the interactive tool Impact! How to Make a Difference When You Witness Bullying Online to help them decide how to navigate scenarios relating to being a witness to bullying, and share their experiences to help them understand how important it is to think carefully before you act.

Know the Deal: The Value of Privacy
Grades: 7-8

In this lesson, students are introduced to the idea that privacy is a fundamental human right and that their personal information is valuable.

Online Marketing to Kids: Protecting Your Privacy
Grades: 6-9

This two lesson unit on online marketing explores the various ways companies use the Internet to target young people. The first lesson introduces students to the ways in which commercial websites collect personal information from kids and to the issues surrounding children and privacy on the Internet.

Online Marketing to Kids: Strategies and Techniques
Grades: 6-9

The second lesson in the Online Marketing to Kids unit introduces students to the online marketing techniques that are used to target children on the Internet.

Passport to the Internet: Student tutorial for Internet literacy (Grades 4-8)
Grades: 4-8

This licensed interactive tutorial teaches students the critical thinking skills they need to apply to their online experiences, including online safety, authenticating online information, recognizing online marketing ploys, protecting their privacy, managing online relationships and dealing with cyberbullying.

Playing With Privacy
Grades: 7-8

In this lesson students are introduced to the idea that their gaming experiences may compromise their personal information. Students consider the ways in which games may gather or solicit information about them and learn about tools which they can use to control their personal privacy, and then discuss the trade-offs between protecting their privacy and enjoying a full game experience.

Privacy and Internet Life: Lesson Plan for Intermediate Classrooms
Grades: 7-8

In this lesson students are made aware of online privacy issues, primarily those relating to giving out personal information on social networking sites such as Facebook.

Promoting Ethical Behaviour Online
Grades: 7-9

In this lesson students learn about ways to manage their privacy and reputation online by exploring their digital presence and to make good choices about sharing other people’s content online.

Put Your Best Face Forward
Grades: 7-9

In this lesson students start by discussing the phenomenon of “selfies” and serve as experts in advising the teacher on the standards by which the “best” selfies are judged. They then discuss a number of statements taken from interviews with youth that highlight issues of self-representation, body image and gender standards, and learn about “photoshopping” images.

Scapegoating and Othering
Grades: 8-10

In this lesson students develop a deeper understanding of scapegoating and othering and how these factors may contribute to the promotion of hatred and intolerance.

Taming the Wild Wiki
Grades: 7-9

In this lesson students are introduced to Wikipedia, the user-edited online encyclopedia, and given an overview of its strengths and weaknesses as a research source. They are taught how to evaluate the reliability of a Wikipedia article and then attempt to improve an existing article.

That’s Not Cool: Healthy and Respectful Relationships Online
Grades: 7-8

In this lesson, students explore unhealthy relationship behaviours relating to digital media including: pressuring others to share private content, cyberstalking, harassment and abuse of trust.

The Hero Project: Authenticating Online Information
Grades: 4-8

In this lesson students are introduced to Internet search skills through researching a personal hero. By focusing on the early parts of the research process, students learn to select well-defined topics, ask relevant research questions and select effective keywords.

Understanding Cyberbullying : Virtual vs. Physical Worlds
Grades: 7-8

In this lesson students explore the verbal and visual cues that we rely on to understand how other people are feeling. They then consider the differences between online and offline communication and discuss how these differences may make it difficult to understand the effect our words and actions have on others online.

Video Games
Grades: 7-9

In this lesson students are introduced to the ways video games may impact their mental and physical health.

Who Knows? Your Privacy in the Information Age
Grades: 8-10

In this lesson students explore issues relating to privacy through a series of activities, surveys and quizzes.

Winning the Cyber Security Game
Grades: 5-8

In this lesson students discuss their online experiences and learn how to minimize the potential risks that may be associated with them.