i-SAFE Curriculum Topics and Learning Outcomes
Lesson 1 - Community:
Students are introduced to the abstract concept of a community on the Internet through the use of reproducible activities featuring i-SAFE's
character, I-Buddy. This lesson provides exposure to Internet-related vocabulary, and reinforces that students should have adult assistance when using
Lesson 2 - Personal Safety:
Students are introduced to the abstract concept of safety while online through the use of the FBI's Internet Safety tips. This lesson provides
exposure to Internet-related vocabulary, and reinforces that students should have adult assistance when using the Internet.
Lesson 3 - Technology and the Computer Virus:
The i-SAFE character, I-Buddy, is used to introduce the abstract concept of the computer virus, and to reinforce the idea that students should have
adult assistance when using the Internet. This lesson includes an age-appropriate introduction to terms such as email and attachments, as well as
appropriate virus prevention techniques.
Lesson 1 - Cyber Community Citizenship:
Students learn to recognize that the Cyber community is as tangible as the physical community, where real people interact and are responsible for
Lesson 2 - Cyber Security:
Students learn the principles of e-mail protocol, including the personal consequences involved such as viruses, flaming, hate e-mail, etc.
Lesson 3 - Personal Safety:
Students learn how to recognize dangers and danger signs in online communications. They learn how to respond assertively to a variety of dangerous
situations, and are encouraged to refuse to be drawn into potentially harmful situations. They learn how to report online incidents that make people
uncomfortable or fearful. They learn to understand that activities in Cyberspace, especially chat rooms, are not anonymous and do result in tangible,
Lesson 4 - Predator Identification:
Students learn how to understand the techniques used by Cyber predators to contact, communicate, entice and lure, entrap and exploit victims.
Students learn how predators use chat rooms and screen names to gather identifying information. Students are able to recognize inappropriate situations
and learn how to avoid becoming the victim of an online predator. Law enforcement personnel usually teach this lesson; the format is a PowerPoint
presentation with accompanying student activities.
Lesson 5 - Plagiarism and Theft of Intellectual Property:
Students learn that material accessible on the Internet is considered property. They learn that there are acceptable legal and ethical behaviors,
as well as consequences, related to plagiarism and/or the theft of property such as music, software, and research material obtained through Internet
sources. Students learn techniques to prevent plagiarism and intellectual property theft online.
High School Webcasts (Grades 9-12)
Lesson 1 - Privacy and the Internet:
Addresses privacy issues inherent to Internet usage, the legal acquisition of and distribution of personal information, and the increasing problem
of Internet identity theft.
Lesson 2 - Cyber Relationships:
Increases student awareness of 1) the risks faced in developing cyber relationships, 2) the risks associated with online communication, and 3) the
issues of "grooming" (the process used by cyber predators to prepare their victims for a face-to-face meeting), harassment, and cyber stalking.
Lesson 3 - Intellectual Property Theft:
Addresses intellectual property issues inherent to Internet usage, the legal acquisition of and distribution of material found on the Internet, and
the increasing problem of intellectual property theft via the Internet. The primary objective of this lesson is to equip students with knowledge that
will enable them to make responsible choices regarding the use of intellectual property found on the Internet.
Lesson 4 - Security: Malicious Code:
Raises student awareness of code that is potentially malicious (i.e., computer viruses, worms, and Trojan horses); the consequences of intentionally
creating and distributing malicious code; hacking; and the need for responsible use of computers and the Internet.
Lesson 5 - Security: Cyber Citizenship (to be released in late Spring, 2004):
Addresses citizenship issues and the associated legal consequences that are presented by Internet use, including hacking and hactivism, steganography,
and the potentials of terrorist use of the Internet; Provides information on techniques to protect computers from external threats.