Student Life Outside of School Environment
Digital Security
Onine Shopping : Lesson Plan PDF
Grade Level: 6 -12


Part I – Introduction

According to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, in 2008 more than $26 billion was spent on online shopping. From .mp3 music to automobiles, trips abroad to trinkets… you can purchase nearly anything that you might want over the Internet. Is it safe? It can be, if you know how to protect yourself when making online purchases.

Part II – Class/Advisory Activities

•  Videos



Cyber Savvy Guide to Online Shopping (4:38 minutes)
Shopping Safely Online (4:22 minutes)
Online Purchasing: Pirated Software for Sale
Shopping Online: Safety Tips (4:57 minutes)

•  Discussion Questions



  1. What types of merchandise do you or your parents buy online?
  2. What strategies can be used to find the best merchandise at the best price from the best retailers online?
  3. What do you know about vocabulary terms such as eBay, PayPal, secure site, cookies, and account logins?
  4. What factors would you consider before buying merchandise from someone off eBay?
  5. If you don't receive merchandise you ordered online, how would you go about getting it?
  6. What would you do if the merchandise you buy online is damaged?

•  Activities



  1. Identify search strategies for shopping online. Include in the discussion consumer review sites, such as,

Part III – Reflection

•  Writing Prompt(s)



  1. What safety indicators do you need to look for when providing information for online purchases?
  2. Identify several pieces of information that you give to the seller when making online purchases that need to be secure.
  3. Why is it important to consult your parents before making online purchases?
•  Journal Writing  
  1. What are some advantages of online shopping? What are some disadvantages?
  2. What steps would you take to make sure you were not buying merchandise from a dishonest merchant?
  3. What dangers do you see in doing online banking or purchasing stocks online?

Part IV – Extension Activities

•  Class/Advisory – School Activities  

You are thinking about buying a 10 MP digital camera. Use the following evaluation sites to get the best camera you can for $300. Why did you choose the one you did.

•  Home Interaction Links


Discuss online shopping with your parents. What safeguards are in place to ensure secure shopping from home for your family? What concerns need to be addressed, like up-to-date antivirus protection, scanning for malware, etc.?

Part V – Resources

National Consumers League
Business Software Alliance
On Guard Online