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Facebook Allows Panic Button For Kids (13th July)

The social media website Facebook is allowing its young users to install a special button on their profile. Some people call it a “panic” button but it is really a link to report suspicious behavior. All parents worry about who their children are talking to online. There are many cases of adults tricking children, meeting them and then abusing them. In England, some children have been killed by people they met on Facebook. They thought they were meeting a new friend. The new app is a joint project between Facebook and Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

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This is a great idea. It will mean children are safer when they use Facebook. The CEOP has already had a lot of success in finding criminals who want to harm children. The problem with Facebook is that you really don’t know who the strangers are. It is so easy for evil people to trick kids. Facebook spokeswoman Joanna Shields said: "Together we have developed a new way of helping young people stay safe online. It is only through the constant and [focused] efforts of the [Internet] industry, police, parents and young people themselves that we can all keep safe online."

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PHRASE MATCH

The social media website Facebook ___________________ users to install a special button on their profile. Some people call it a “panic” button but ___________________ to report suspicious behavior. All parents ___________________ children are talking to online. There are many cases of adults tricking children, meeting them ___________________. In England, some children have ___________________ they met on Facebook. They thought they were meeting a new friend. The new ___________________ between Facebook and Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

This is a great idea. It will mean ___________________ they use Facebook. The CEOP has already had ___________________ in finding criminals who want to harm children. The problem with Facebook is that ___________________ who the strangers are. It is so easy for ___________________ kids. Facebook spokeswoman Joanna Shields said: "Together we have developed a new way of helping young people ___________________. It is only through the constant and [focused] efforts of the [Internet] industry, police, parents and young people themselves that we can ___________________."


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The social media website Facebook is allowing its young (1) ____ to install a special button on their profile. Some people call it a “panic” button but it is really a link (2) ____ report suspicious behavior. All parents worry about who their children are talking to online. There are many (3) ____ of adults tricking children, meeting them and then abusing them. In England, some children have been killed (4) ____ people they met on Facebook. They thought they were meeting a new friend. The new app is a (5) ____ project between Facebook and Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

This is a great idea. It will (6) ____ children are safer when they use Facebook. The CEOP has already had a lot of success in (7) ____ criminals who want to harm children. The problem with Facebook is that you really don’t know who the strangers are. It is so easy for evil people to (8) ____ kids. Facebook spokeswoman Joanna Shields said: "Together we have developed a new way of helping young people stay safe online. It is only (9) ____ the constant and [focused] efforts of the [Internet] industry, police, parents and young people themselves that we can all (10) ____ safe online."

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

users

(b)

uses

(c)

used

2.

(a)

by

(b)

to

(c)

from

3.

(a)

boxes

(b)

bags

(c)

cases

4.

(a)

at

(b)

by

(c)

in

5.

(a)

joint

(b)

joined

(c)

joins

6.

(a)

mean

(b)

meant

(c)

meaning

7.

(a)

find

(b)

found

(c)

finding

8.

(a)

brick

(b)

trick

(c)

prick

9.

(a)

threw

(b)

though

(c)

through

10.

(a)

have

(b)

keep

(c)

do


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

social ieamd website

2.

a eslipac button

3.

report suspicious rovbieah

4.

adults ncitgirk children

5.

children have been keildl

6.

a oitjn project

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a eagrt idea

8.

a lot of ssusecc

9.

who the nstragser are

10.

dpleoevde a new way

11.

fetrfso of the Internet industry

12.

keep safe ioenln


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

children are talking to online. There are many cases of adults tricking children, meeting them and then abusing

1  )

The social media website Facebook is allowing its young users to install a special button on their profile. Some

(    )

friend. The new app is a joint project between Facebook and Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

(    )

people call it a “panic” button but it is really a link to report suspicious behavior. All parents worry about who their

(    )

of the [Internet] industry, police, parents and young people themselves that we can all keep safe online."

(    )

who the strangers are. It is so easy for evil people to trick kids. Facebook spokeswoman Joanna Shields said: "Together

(    )

we have developed a new way of helping young people stay safe online. It is only through the constant and [focused] efforts

(    )

of success in finding criminals who want to harm children. The problem with Facebook is that you really don’t know

(    )

them. In England, some children have been killed by people they met on Facebook. They thought they were meeting a new

(    )

This is a great idea. It will mean children are safer when they use Facebook. The CEOP has already had a lot


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

its     to     special     Allowing     users     a     young    install    button.    

2.

link     report     behavior     A     to     suspicious.    

3.

talking     Parents    who    are    about    children    to    worry    their.    

4.

met     they     people     by     Killed     Facebook     on.    

5.

they     friend     were     meeting     They     a     thought     new.    

6.

safer     It     mean     are     will     children.     

7.

to     want     who     criminals     Finding     children     harm.    

8.

the     really     strangers     don’t     are     know     who     You.    

9.

to     trick     kids     It     is     so     easy     for     evil     people.    

10.

A     of     people     way     young     safe     new     helping     stay.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about online safety for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. ONLINE SAFETY: Search the Internet and find more information about online safety. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about online safety. Include imaginary an interview with the head of Facebook’s online safety department. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the boss of the Internet. Ask him/her three questions about online safety. Give him/her three of your opinions on online safety. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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