Grade 3

Bad Netiquette Stinks

Digital Citizen
Young girl with teach digital citizenship and Aren't you glad that happened on Edmodo instead of in front of the world?


Students will learn to engage appropriately in a collaborative online setting and while using social media. Students will be able to identify inappropriate behaviors and know how to handle this type of situation.  

The activities in this task card are going to focus on Netsmartz an online site to teach students netiquette. 

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to explain etiquette and netiquette.
  • Be able to generate netiquette rules for classroom use.
  • Be able to display proper etiquette and netiquette in the classroom and online.


Vocabulary Words:

  1. Internet: The Internet is an electronic communications network that connects computer networks and organizational computer facilities around the world.

  2. Emoticon:  An emoticon is a graphic representation of facial expressions used in electronic communications to convey the writer’s feelings or intended tone.

  3. Etiquette: Etiquette is a set of rules for practicing good manners.

  4. Netiquette: Netiquette is a set of rules for practicing good manners on the internet.

  5. Email: Emails are messages distributed by electronic means from one computer user to one or more recipients via a network.

  6. Text: Test is written, printed or typed words.

  7. Manners: Manners are social behavior or habits.

  8. Polite: To be polite is having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people.

  9. Rude: To be rude is to be offensively impolite or ill-mannered.



To prepare for this lesson:

  • Visit and register for a free account.

  • Watch the video tutorial about Netsmartz. 

  • Under the Teacher Resources tab, you will be able to select Lesson Plans. Listed in the Lesson Plans, you will see the Bad Netiquette resources.

  • Download the activity guide to use in the Steps section below.


  • See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 
  • Screencastify may be used to create tutorials for students to learn how to access the kids materials.
  • ​Read and Write for Google Chrome can be used to help students with reading deficiencies as they navigate the Netsmartz website.


Directions for this activity:

  1. Teachers will follow the downloaded activity guide as directed above and complete the following steps.
    • Discuss etiquette vs. netiquette.
    • View downloaded video Bad Netiquette Stinks.
    • Follow the activity in the guide to create classroom netiquette rules based on classroom etiquette rules.

Option: Printable pdf files are available as additional resources that coordinate with the Bad Netiquette lesson. Other lessons and  videos that promote online safety are available at

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Students could use a presentation tool (Google Slides) to create a story that asks readers to choose between using good or bad netiquette.


MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Digital Citizen
1a. Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
2b. Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:
Chrome Read/Write Extension

Great Google Slide Activity for Students Tutorial
Intro to Google Slides for Kids Tutorial
Netzmartz for Kids
Netsmartz Lesson Plans



Students can create stories that ask reader to choose between using good or bad netiquette. This can be done in a typed document or using a presentation tool with graphics.

Social Studies

Students can practice netiquette when collaborating with students locally or globally. 

This task card was created by Lisa Fenn, Lakeview Public Schools, January 2018.