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Students in 3rd through 5th Grade take part in a number of Common Sense Media lessons to help empower them to be responsible digital citizens. 

Common Sense Media also provides a wealth of knowledge and resources to help parents reinforce these skills at home, and to help them make informed decisions about social media, technology, and responsible use.


Please see below for specific details about the lessons each grade covers and ways you can support them at home.


Grade 3:

Password Power up

How can a strong password help protect your privacy?

Stronger, more secure online passwords are a good idea for everyone. But how can we help kids create better passwords and actually remember them? Use the tips in this lesson to help kids make passwords that are both secure and memorable.

Take-home resources


The Power of Words

What should you do when someone uses mean or hurtful language on the internet?

As kids grow, they'll naturally start to communicate more online. But some of what they see could make them feel hurt, sad, angry, or even fearful. Help your students build empathy for others and learn strategies to use when confronted with cyberbullying.

Take-home resources


Caring For Our Devices

Whether students are getting a device for the first time, or are seasoned digital citizens, it's always a good idea for them to have a little reminder on how to keep those devices safe and functioning. This will help students

  • Understand what it means to be responsible for something.

  • Identify ways to care for their device.

Take-home resources


4th Grade:

Private and Personal Information

What information about you is OK to share online?

It's in our students' nature to share and connect with others. But sharing online comes with some risks. How can we help kids build strong, positive, and safe relationships online? Help your students learn the difference between what's personal and what's best left private.

Take-home resources


Be a Super Digital Citizen

Online tools are empowering for kids, and they also come with big responsibilities. But do kids always know what to do when they encounter cyberbullying? This lesson shows students appropriate ways to take action and resolve conflicts, from being upstanders to helping others in need.

Take-home resources


Managing Device Distractions

Device distractions can be an unintended consequence of using tech at school. This lesson helps students learn how to manage these distractions so they can focus on learning and building positive tech habits.

Take-home resources


5th Grade:

Finding My Media Balance

What does media balance mean for me?

Helping kids learn what makes different media choices healthy or not is a good start. But how do we help them actually make responsible choices in the real world? Give your students the opportunity to create a personalized media plan.

Take-home resources


You Won't Believe This!

What is clickbait and how can you avoid it?

The internet is full of catchy headlines and outrageous images, all to make us curious and get our attention. But kids don't usually realize: What you click on isn't always what you get. Show your students the best ways to avoid clickbait online.

Take-home resources


Is it Cyberbullying?

What is cyberbullying and what can you do to stop it?

Let's face it: Some online spaces can be full of negative, rude, or downright mean behavior. But what counts as cyberbullying? Help your students learn what is -- and what isn't -- cyberbullying, and give them the tools they'll need to combat the problem.

Take-home resources



Please visit the Common Sense Media website for more information.