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Internet Safety WebQuest


After an emergency meeting of the PAC committee, the parents of Alouette Elementary School have banned the use of the Internet at school! After a unanimous vote to put a hold on all Internet activities, the parents of Alouette students vow that they will never again allow their students to be put in danger by giving them access to the Internet. These parents believe that the Internet is nothing more than an unsafe playground. After much pleading for the students by their computer teacher, the parents have agreed to meet again next week for a final vote. Will the Internet be banned forever? Or can the students of Alouette change their future?


You need to prove to your parents that you understand how to be safe on the Internet and you will only have one chance to do so.  You will prepare a presentation that covers one aspect Internet Safety.  To accomplish this goal, you will choose a role and gather information about one of four different aspects of the Internet.  You must become an expert in your area so that you are able to persuade your parents to vote in favor of allowing the Internet back into the classroom. You must also compile a list of the top 10 rules for staying safe on the Internet that will be displayed at school as a reminder to "Play It Safe" on the Internet to share in Moodle.


1.   Review the following roles.  Then determine which role you will play.    

  • Cyberbully Cindy
  • Netiquette Nate
  • Social Sally
  • Chatty Chris 

2.  Look over the rubrics to make sure you understand exactly what is expected of you.

3.  Make sure and look over the questions related to your topic.

4.  Use the weblinks provided in your area to answer your specific questions. Think about any other possible questions parents might have about this area or topic. Also make sure to keep an eye out for possible additions to your Top 10 List of ways to stay safe on the internet.

5.  Create a simple presentation
using Powerpoint, a poster etc. to share your information.

6. Check ALL pages to make sure everything is correct (spelling, grammar, formatting).

7. Compile your list of the Top 10 ways to stay safe on the internet. Share these in Moodle.

Cyberbully Cindy



You are nice in person, but online-watch out! You take advantage of the anonymity of the internet to let your mean side take over, saying things to people you would NEVER say face to face. It's time to find out the consequences of your actions and the steps to prevent them. 

BrainPOP: Watch video under Digital Citizenship called Cyberbullying



1.   Define cyberbullying.

2.   Give an example of a flame war and one of impersonation.

3.   Name two things you should do if you are being cyberbullied.

4.   What percentages of students, grades 6-8, have responded that they have been cyberbullied?

5.   Name two things you can do to prevent cyberbullying.

6.   If someone sends you a mean or threatening message, explain why you shouldn't respond. What should you do instead?

7.   Who can you share your passwords with?

8.   Other notes:

Netiquette Nate



You are always trying to be as nice as you can be. You have learned all the rules of proper etiquette in your day-to-day experience.  But you sometimes hurt other people's feelings online accidentally. It's time to learn how to correspond properly online so there is no miscommunication--or worse!


BrainPOP: Watch video under Digital Citizenship called Digital Etiquette



  1. Define netiquette.
  2. What is the basic rule of netiquette?
  3. Name two things you should remember about being online related to netiquette.
  4. Why should you stay away from using all capital letters?
  5. What is an emoticon and why would you use them? Give an example.
  6. What should you do before forwarding personal emails to others?
  7. What should you do with emails from people you don't know?
  8. How can you protect your identity?
  9. Other notes:


Social Sally



You love communicating on the Internet. You can spend hours on social networking websites. However, you don't really know that sometimes such website can be dangerous. It's time to learn to keep yourself safe.


BrainPOP: Watch video under Digital Citizenship called Social Networking



  1. What is a social network website?
  2. Give two social network website examples.
  3. What is one good thing about social networking?
  4. Who should you add as friends?
  5. Why should you be careful about what types of photos you post? For example, why would it be bad to post a photo of yourself wearing a school t-shirt?
  6. What can you do to keep others from contacting you or looking at your information?
  7. What specific information should you not post or give out?
  8. What should you do if someone is making you feel uncomfortable?
  9. Other notes:


Chatty Chris



You sometimes go to chat rooms and social networking sites, play games online with others, which sometimes leads to striking up conversations with strangers. However, you are not aware that this is like opening up your front door to people you don't know. It's time to learn what information you need to keep personal to stay safe.


BrainPOP: Watch video under Digital Citizenship called Information Privacy



  1. Name 4 examples of private information that should not be posted or given out.
  2. What kind of information is okay to give out over the internet?
  3. If you ever get involved in a chat room conversation that makes you feel uncomfortable or in danger for any reason, what should you do?
  4. Name two ways you and other students can reduce the risk of being targeted by an online predator.
  5. What should you do if someone online asks you to meet him or her in person? What does LMIRL stand for?
  6. List three safety tips you learned about through your research.
  7. When creating a screen name, what should you consider? Give an example of a good and bad screen name for yourself.
  8. Other notes:

Internet Safety WebQuest Assignment Rubric

Does not Meet


Minimally Meets

Fully Meets



Did not follow presentations principles, no pictures

Missed many principles, missing or bad pictures

Missed a few principles, okay pictures

Followed all but one principle, mostly good pictures

Followed all principles, great pictures


Unprofessional, no elaboration

No elaboration, didn't face audience

Little elaboration, mostly faced audience, not persuasive

Some elaboration, mostly faced audience, somewhat persuasive

Well-prepared, professional, very persuasive


Bare basics only, many inaccuracies

Lacks depth, inaccurate

Okay information, one inaccuracy

Good information, accurate

Very well-researched, accurate

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