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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


This is Me

How does what I post online affect my identity?

From selfies to social media, many of us create unique online identities for ourselves, and our students are no different. But do kids always understand how others might perceive what they post? Help your students think critically about the online identities they're creating.

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


Keeping Games Friendly and Fun

How can I be positive and have fun while playing online games, and help others do the same?

Social interaction is part of what makes online gaming so popular and engaging for kids. Of course, online communication can come with some risks. Show your students how to keep their gaming experiences fun, healthy, and positive.

Take-home resources


Our Online Tracks.

How does our online activity affect the digital footprints of ourselves and others?

Your digital footprint can affect your online reputation for a long time. But kids don't always realize that digital footprints aren't just a personal matter. Show your students how they can contribute to a positive digital reputation, both for themselves and for others.

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.