GRADES: High School (9-12)
LENGTH: Approximately 210 minutes, or 5 standard class periods (40-42 minutes in length); for block scheduling, 2.5 periods of 84 minutes duration
AUTHORS: Shabnam Mojtahedi and Karen Hopkins, HRE USA (Washington DC)
The digital world has become a seamless extension of our day-to-day reality, and as a result, we access information, make connections, and buy goods online without distinguishing between online and offline spaces. But our understanding of the laws, rights, and responsibilities when we access and use the Internet have lagged behind the extreme pace of technological development. In this lesson, students will learn about the rights you have every time you use a digital device to post, communicate, click, and browse as well as the rights that young people and digital advocates are demanding be enacted into law in the United States. You will also learn about your responsibilities as users of the Internet regarding the way you consume and share information and engage with others in online spaces. When we better understand our digital rights, we are empowered to be good digital citizens and insist that companies and the government develop technology in ethical and responsible ways.