According to this video from the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education, an ordinance was passed in Shawano, Wisconsin that allows police to fine the parents of bullies. All forms of bullying, including cyber-bullying, to anyone under the age of 18, falls under this ordinance. What do you think? Watch the video to discover the details. How do you think this could affect bullying? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
SS.4.FL.6.3 Describe ways that individuals can either choose to accept risk or take steps to protect themselves by avoiding or reducing risk. What is the risk of bullying other students? What is the risk of bullying other students in Shawano? How did people take steps to protect themselves from bullying?
SS.8.FL.1.2 Identify the many decisions people must make over a lifetime about their education, jobs, and careers that affect their incomes and job opportunities. How can an ordinance against bullying affect behavior? What if someone makes the decision to participate in cyberbullying? How could that affect their future education or job opportunities?
SS.912.FL.1.3 Evaluate ways people can make more informed education, job, or career decisions by evaluating the benefits and costs of different choices. How can an ordinance against bullying affect behavior? What if someone makes the decision to participate in cyberbullying? What are the costs/benefits of the decision to commit cyberbullying or get into online arguments with cyberbullies? How could that affect future education or job opportunities?
Recently, the Tampa Bay Times advertised a cybersecurity conference being held by the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida. Why do we need conferences on cybersecurity? Consider the ransomware attack of this summer, as reported on the Tampa Bay Times NIE News Video post this summer. Then think about the recent Equifax hack. What are the possible consequences of identity theft?
While these incidences are adult-related, did you know that kids are prime candidates for identity theft? Check out this video and article from CNN to discover why kids are at risk for identity theft. Then figure out how parents can protect kids against identity theft. Create flyers to hand out to parents to inform them!
Explain that loss of assets, wealth, and future opportunities can occur if an individuals personal information is obtained by others through identity theft and then used fraudulently, and that by managing their personal information and choosing the environment in which it is revealed, individuals can accept, reduce, and insure against the risk of loss due to identity theft. Create flyers to explain the risks of identity theft and inform parents how to protect their kids.
As illustrated in this Tampa Bay Times article, Richard Thaler (author of Nudge) won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in Behavioral Economics, which deals with decision making. The 9-million-kronor (approximately $1.1million U.S.) prize was awarded for Thaler's "understanding the psychology of economics" as stated by Swedish Academy of Sciences secretary Goram Hansson. Thaler, one of the founding fathers of behavioral economics, illustrates how people don't often make rational decisions. Read the article to discover more about Thaler's theories. Then conduct some research on Daniel Kahneman, another behavioral economist who won the Nobel Prize for economic sciences in 2002. Kahneman wrote the international best seller Thinking, Fast and Slow, within which you will find many of the groundbreaking studies that provided foundations in the field of behavioral economics. When we make decisions, often times we use fast thinking, which puts in motion our biases and habits (sometimes bad) that cause us to make decisions that aren't in our best interest in the long run. Help students to slow down their thinking by considering the consequences of their actions and choosing alternatives that might be better for their future. Then try some of the new free lesson plans that the Council for Economic Education has provided on EconEdLink.org to help your students understand the underlying concepts in behavioral economics.
SS.4.FL.2.2 Explain that people make choices about what goods and services they buy because they can't have everything they want. This requires individuals to prioritize their wants. What is something you want? Why can't we have everything we want all the time? How can you make better choices about the things you want? Do you need it right now?
SS.8.FL.2.1 Explain why when deciding what to buy, consumers may choose to gather information from a variety of sources. Describe how the quality and usefulness of information provided by sources can vary greatly from source to source. Explain that, while many sources provide valuable information, other sources provide information that is deliberately misleading. What is something you want? Why can't we have everything we want all the time? How can you make better choices about the things you want? Conduct some research from a variety of sources. How can you judge the information you are gathering? How does this information help you to refine your choices?
SS.912.FL.2.3 Discuss that when buying a good, consumers may consider various aspects of the product including the products features. Explain why for goods that last for a longer period of time, the consumer should consider the products durability and maintenance costs. What is something you want? Why can't we have everything we want all the time? How can you make better choices about the things you want? Conduct some research from a variety of sources. How can you judge the information you are gathering? How does this information help you to refine your choices? ˆFor example, consider buying a car. What are some of the things you should consider before making a final decision. You may like the idea or look of a car, but it is important to slow down your thinking and consider other aspects like the durability or maintenance costs!
You probably heard about the recent Equifax data breach. Read this Tampa Bay Times article to find out how hackers personal data from Equifax. Now, define the problem. What can you do? Read this article from Tampa Bay Times on what to do. What are some of the recommendations? Students can conduct more research and create public service announcement to provide information on the breach and recommendations on what to do. Now check out this article to see how lawmakers grilled former Equifax executives. What do you think? Do you think the company's attempts at cybersecurity will be effective? Why or why not? How does the law protect individuals from identity theft?
SS.912.FL.6.10 Compare federal and state regulations that provide some remedies and assistance for victims of identity theft.
Created by Deborah Kozdras and Brittany Sampson