Unit 4 – Question 1

What are some student-friendly “scam scenarios” that you could use in the classroom for encouraging students to critically think about messages they receive? Create your own “fake scam” to share with the community so they can try and spot the tell-tale signs!

With kids having access to social media and going online younger and younger, they need to be taught about online scams before they become a victim.

Scammers are becoming more sophisticated in their techniques so they can target anyone at any age.

For example:

It is common for kids to be competing with their friends. Especially if they expect that they will get some prize at the end of it. The problem is no one actually wins in such type of contest.

These type of contest is usually done by scammers to get more followers to their sites and communities. It is also used to phish for your child’s personal information

Online contest scams can be commonly found on Facebook & Instagram.

I attached an image of a fake contest found on Facebook.

And here are my discussion points with my students:

  • If something seems too good to be true then it probably is
  • Check the URL link attached with the contest. If the link does not take you to the original company website then it is definitely fake
  • If the contest is seen on social media then check if the page attached with the contest has a blue tick mark next to it. Social media companies like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook place a tick mark for authentic pages.
  • Never share personal information on social media.


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