Demystifying Social Engineering

LESSON 14.04.01
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Lesson Overview
This lesson plan focuses on educating 14-year-old students about the common types of cyberattacks, namely social engineering, impersonation, and get-rich-quick schemes, and learn to take appropriate actions to safeguard themselves and their personal information against phishing and scam attacks.
  • Suitable for age 14
  • 60 minutes + project work
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:
  • Explain the concept of social engineering, and demonstrate how to protect personal information by recognising common social engineering tactics used by cybercriminals.  
  • Identify impersonation tactics used in phishing and scamming attacks, and learn how to verify the authenticity of a message before taking action.
  • Demonstrate the strategies used in "get rich quick" schemes to deceive individuals into thinking they can make easy money.

Key Concepts

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Lesson Structure

Introduction (5 min)
 Define the Keywords (15 min)
 Investigate the Scenario (30 min)
 Project Work (duration as needed)
 Key Takeaways (10 min)

Included in this Lesson

  • Presentation slides available in Powerpoint (.pptx) or in the Online Player 
  • Lesson plan for teachers
  • Printable handouts for students
  • Assessment rubric for project based learning
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