Secure Comics Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 9 -12

About the Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts

Duration: 1 - 1.5  hours

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This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Media Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.


In this lesson, students read an interactive online comic that teaches them key concepts and skills relating to three cybersecurity topics: malware, passwords and privacy from geotracking devices. Following this, students research their own cybersecurity topics and learn how non-fiction comics are made in order to create their own Secure Comic.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Explore the concept of privacy as it relates to the Internet
  • Learn about key threats to cybersecurity
  • Learn tools for protecting themselves and their networked devices from cybersecurity threats
  • Understand the potential risks of sharing inappropriate information
  • Learn the essential elements of a non-fiction comic
  • Use digital tools to create a non-fiction comic

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

Lesson Kit