ALEX Learning Activity


Are You Sure You Are Safe?

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Author: Aimee Bates
System:Cullman City
School:Cullman City Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2014
Are You Sure You Are Safe?
Digital Tool/Resource:
Secure Websites Video from Common Craft
Web Address – URL:

Students will view a video outlining ways to identify the security of a web page. Students will then seek online examples of secure and non-secure web pages, listing what information could be in danger should one choose to use a particular site.

This activity was created as a result of the DLCS COS Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 6
9) Differentiate between a secure and a non-secure website including how they affect personal data.

Example: HTTP vs. HTTPS.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • distinguish between a secure and non
  • secure website.
  • identify the risks associated with transmitting personal data over a non
  • secure website.
Students know:
  • how to identify a website as secure or unsecure.
  • that sharing personal data can be dangerous.
Students are able to:
  • recognize that secure web address begins with "https" and that a security symbol is displayed in the address bar such as a lock, etc.
Students understand that:
  • any information provided while navigating an unsecure website can negatively affect users.
Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to identify a web page as either secure or non-secure.

Students will be able to identify the data at risk should a user choose to use a non-secure website.


  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

After viewing the Common Craft Secure Websites video, students will identify methods of determining a website’s safety (https, padlock icon in the browser, color, company name in the browser). 

Students will create a list of commonly used secure web addresses by going to websites they commonly use (Amazon, Google, etc.) and determine if they pass the test and are, in fact, secure.

Students will create a list of non-secure web addresses by either researching non-secure sites or by having students evaluate a list of teacher-selected websites. Here is an example, but because these sites are being updated daily, it could become obsolete soon.

Students will outline possible risks to using a non-secure website for online transactions such as the possibility of a hacker intercepting your personal data and stealing from your bank or credit card account.


Assessment Strategies:

Students will create a publication (of the student or teacher’s choosing) that outlines at least two methods for determining website security and at least two possible risks of using non-secure websites. The publication can be a brochure (hand-created or digital), a poster or wall-hanging, or any other artifact of the teacher's choosing.

Students creating a digital publication can do so in Google Docs, Publisher, Word, Slides, PowerPoint, or any other platform they have experience of comfort in working with.

Sample Print Publication Rubric 

Advanced Preparation:

It would be a good idea to download the Common Craft Secure Websites video if you have an account, but it is not required.

Variation Tips (optional):

Students may wish to create a wall display (bulletin board or display similar to a word wall) of secure and non-secure sites. This would allow students to check the sites over time to see if the company ever felt it necessary to secure their sites appropriately.

Students could also take this lesson a step further by contacting websites that are non-secure and providing reasons to secure their sites.


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