Our little ones visited the lab for the first time this week so we started with learning about “just right” sites.
Using a combination of two Commonsense Media lessons, Going Places Safely and Staying Safe Online. Looking at websites was compared to a traffic signal so I drew that on the board and used my large red, yellow, and green magnets as the “lights.”
- RED – Stop! Red sites contain information that isn’t right for younger children. It may be inappropriate or it might just be a site geared toward adult or older students with language that’s too advanced for little ones.
- YELLOW – Caution! Be sure to ask an adult before going on yellow sites. These sites may ask for personal information and may be more difficult for this age group.
- GREEN – “Just right” sites that are perfect for kindergarteners. These sites have appropriate words and fun activities for their age. Green sites don’t ask for personal information.
The sites I used for students to explore were posted on TVS TechnoWizards, my website for our students.
- Dinosaur Field Guide by PBS Kids
- Dog Show Hidden Pictures Puzzle from Highlights
- San Diego Zoo for Kids – animal webcam page
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – a virtual look at the museum
The children explored the websites for a few minutes then we came together to discuss why these were GREEN sites.
Then we used the traffic signal worksheet that comes with the Staying Safe Online lesson. I’d wanted to play the Red Light, Green Light game in the lesson but we just ran out of time.
Commonsense Media has excellent resources for teachers. What lessons have you used with your students?