Passport to the Internet was created by Media Awareness Network.

Passport to the Internet, an Internet literacy tutorial

Passport to the Internet helps grade 4 to 8 students to develop the critical thinking skills they need to apply to their online experiences by enabling them to use popular online tools and Web sites in a secure and ethical manner, and to their full potential.

Using simulations of the most popular Internet environments, this interactive resource teaches students key skills relating to:

  • online safety;
  • authenticating online information;
  • recognizing online marketing ploys;
  • protecting their privacy;
  • managing online relationships;
  • dealing with cyberbullying.

An interactive and engaging content

Passport to the Internet includes an interactive online tutorial and an extensive Teacher's Guide. This web-based resource in Flash addresses a wide variety of curricular needs, including Information Technology, Language Arts and Social Studies.

The accompanying Teacher's Guide features an overview of Passport to the Internet, detailed instructions for using the tutorial in class, background information on the major issues covered in the tutorial, activities and handouts for classroom use, and a list of related Media Awareness Network resources.

Passport to the Internet modules:

  • MyFace: A social networking site that challenges students to create an engaging profile while protecting their privacy.
  • Co-Co's Choco Match: A simulated advergame that teaches the "tricks of the trade" that online advertisers use to reach young consumers.
  • Study Space: A research assignment that teaches authentication skills through a mock search engine and by having students judge the reliability of three different Web sites.
  • Web Café: A general introduction to safe and wise Web surfing that shows students how to judge what is behind a link, e-mail, banner ad or search result before clicking on it.
  • Instant Pigeon: An instant messaging program in which students engage in four conversations, allowing them to make ethical choices about how to reply to their online "buddies" and how to deal with issues such as uploading photos and videos, stranger contact and cyberbullying.

Passport to the Internet belongs to and was created by the Media Awareness Network.