Coding Ireland STEM Report 2024 Have Your Say
The Internet
30 mins
115 points
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What to Do When You See a Threat

Learn important steps to take when you encounter an online threat or suspicious activity, and understand the importance of discussing concerns with trusted adults.
Learning Goals Learning Outcomes Teacher Notes

1 - Understand Online Threats

Online threats are dangerous activities or content that can harm you, your devices, or your personal information. Examples of online threats include viruses, malware, and suspicious links.

2 - Spotting Suspicious Activity

Learn to identify suspicious activities online by looking out for the following signs:

  • Strange messages from unknown people: If you receive a message from someone you don't know, be cautious and don't reply.
  • Requests for personal information: Never share your personal information, such as your full name, address, or phone number, with strangers online.
  • Unusual links: If you see a link that looks strange or unfamiliar, don't click on it. It could lead to an unsafe website.

Remember, if something feels wrong or makes you uncomfortable, it might be an online threat. Trust your instincts and follow the steps in this lesson to stay safe.

3 - Stay Calm and Think

If you encounter a potential online threat, stay calm and think about what to do next. Remember, it's important to act responsibly and not to panic. Take a deep breath and follow these steps:

  1. Stop and think about what you see on the screen. Is it something that makes you feel uncomfortable or scared?
  2. Ask yourself if the message or website looks suspicious. Are there any signs that it might not be safe, like strange links or misspelled words?
  3. Think about what you can do to stay safe. This might include closing the browser, turning off the device, or telling a trusted adult about what you saw.

4 - Do Not Click or Share

If you see a suspicious link or message, do not click on it or share it with others. Clicking on a dangerous link could harm your device or steal your personal information.

For example, if you receive an email or message from someone you don't know with a link that says 'Click here to win a prize!', it could be a threat. Always be cautious and think before you click on any links or share them with your friends.

Now, let's test your knowledge. Below is a button that says 'Click here to win a prize!'. Remember what you've learned and decide whether you should click on it or not.

5 - Talk to a Trusted Adult

When you come across something online that makes you feel uncomfortable or seems dangerous, it's important to talk to a trusted adult. This could be a parent, teacher, or another adult you trust. They can help you understand what's happening and guide you on what to do next. Here's how you can approach a trusted adult:

  1. Find a quiet and private place to talk.
  2. Explain what you saw or experienced online that made you feel uncomfortable or worried.
  3. Ask for their advice on what to do next.
  4. Listen carefully to their guidance and follow their instructions.

Remember, it's always better to be safe than sorry. Talking to a trusted adult can help you stay safe online and learn how to handle similar situations in the future.

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