Safer Internet Day Journal Prompts to Promote a Better Internet— Safer Internet Day (or SID) is an important event held online each year on the first Tuesday in February. It began in Europe in 2005 and today is celebrated in roughly 130 countries across the world. SID seeks to increase awareness about safety issues in the global online community such as cyber-bullying, hate speech, radicalization, media literacy, and fake news. Each year, the event focuses on a theme that is relevant to current issues.
In 2018, Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 6th—and the theme will be “Create, connect and share respect: A better Internet starts with you.”
This day of awareness is the perfect time to get your students thinking about how they interact with the world and people around them through the Internet. Though modern technology has brought a world of advances and good to the youngest generation, the Internet can still be a dangerous and damaging place if students aren’t careful. These all-new journal prompts encourage students to think more critically about what they’re doing online—including topics like the dangers of cyber-bullying, the permanency of all things posted, and the validity of various Internet sources.
Use these 35 Safer Internet Day journal prompts to help your students become better digital citizens—and to keep them protected online!
Safer Internet Day Journal Prompts for Kids
- Do you think people have a responsibility to act as good “digital citizens” when they use the Internet? Why or why not?
- Should there be restrictions on the types of Internet access that people receive? Why or why not?
- What are some of the challenges in making the Internet a safer place? Choose one and brainstorm how it could be addressed.
- Do you believe people act differently on the Internet because of anonymity? Why or why not?
- Do you think cyber-bulling is more damaging, as damaging, or less damaging than in-person bullying? Why?
- What types of social media do you use? How frequently do you use them? What do you like best about them?
- What is one thing you can start doing regularly to make the Internet a safer place? Explain your idea and what it would do.
- Do your parents have any rules or restrictions on how you use the Internet? Do you agree with their policies? Why or why not?
- What is the difference between a reliable Internet source and an unreliable one? How can you distinguish between the two?
- What is the greatest danger the Internet poses to the average person’s life? Why is this threat so severe?
- What is the hardest part of using the Internet as a child/teen in today’s world? Why?
- Have you or someone you know ever gotten in trouble for something done on the Internet? Explain what happened and how it could have been avoided.
- Do you believe things on the Internet are really there forever? Why or why not?
- Should lawmakers regulate Internet behavior and practices? Why or why not?
- Should individuals and organizations be held to different standards of behavior when they use the Internet? Why or why not? And if so, what types of differences might be appropriate?
- Unfortunately, the Internet can lead to the formation and spread of radicalization and hate groups. What are some ways people can work against this?
- How do you feel knowing that colleges and future employers may view your social media accounts and Google you? Does this knowledge impact what you choose to post? Why or why not?
- Have you ever posted something online that you wouldn’t want someone in your real life to see? Why? How would you feel if it were accidentally found?
- Write about a time when a friend posted something (positive or negative) online that changed your perception of him or her.
- Imagine that you need to teach someone how to find credible information on the Internet. What would you tell him or her to do?
- What do you do when you see something hateful or inappropriate on the Internet? How else could you respond in order to promote a safer Internet for all people?
- Have you ever felt afraid or uncomfortable with something you saw or experienced online? What happened? Could it have been prevented in any way?
- In an ideal world, what would a “safe” Internet look like? Describe it.
- Do you think the Internet will ever be a “safe” place? Why or why not?
- What are some activities and behaviors that make the Internet an unsafe place? Write about a time when you witnessed one and how it made you feel.
- Do you feel comfortable giving out personal information online? Why or why not? Is there a limit to what you’ll share?
- Have you ever talked about someone behind his or her back online (such as through a “private” social media message)? Did you worry he or she would find out? How could you be sure he or she wouldn’t?
- What kinds of things do you believe should qualify as “hate speech” when we talk about eliminating hate speech from the Internet? Why is hate speech so damaging and dangerous?
- How do you think the landscape of the Internet will change by the time you’re an adult? Do you think it will change for the better? Why or why not?
- Have you ever seen something online that seemed like “fake news”? Write about your experience.
- Do you think having so much access to the Internet makes it easier or harder to grow up in your generation? Why?
- What would your life be like if you didn’t have access to the Internet? What would change? What would stay the same?
- Is there anything you would say to someone online that you wouldn’t say in person? Why or why not?
- Do you feel comfortable discussing Internet safety and concerns with your parents and teachers? Why or why not?
- If you could change any one thing about the Internet to make it a safer place, what would you change—and why?
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