Discussing personal information protection online

Young people today are sophisticated users of the Internet, using this medium with ease and enthusiasm. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) wants to help children and young people understand the impact that these technologies can have on their privacy, and provide them with tools and information they need to make smart decisions.

On this page, you will find links to resources related to personal information protection online, designed to provide a starting point for parents and educators when engaging with younger kids who are beginning to explore the online world.

For older kids who are starting to create and shape their online identities, you can find resources designed to help them understand how their online activities might affect their reputations on our Discussing online identity and reputation page.

If you are looking for general information or advice about personal information protection online—not specifically targeted to kids—you may also want to explore our Online privacy topic page for individuals.

What kind of information is being collected about me when I’m online?

Get an overview of how information is collected online, how it is used and what you can do about it.

Once you put your personal information out there, you can’t take it back

Watch a fun, short video that illustrates the difficulty of taking personal information back once it’s on the Internet.

12 quick online privacy tips for parents

Find tips to help you limit the risks to your children’s personal information, while allowing them to make the most of their time online.

Social Smarts: privacy, the Internet and you

Discover a graphic novel and supplementary resources for teaching kids about the privacy risks related to social networking, mobile devices and texting, and online gaming.

Online privacy presentation package (Grades 4 to 6)

Find slides and speaking notes for presenting to kids on how to protect personal information on the Internet.

Topics to talk about

Find privacy topics and information for discussions about protecting personal information online, and more.

Do-it-yourself House Rules for Online Privacy

Use this tool to help your family talk about a variety of online privacy issues and establish some household privacy rules.

Kids' privacy sweep lesson plan

Find a lesson plan teachers can use to help kids in Grades 7 and 8 (Secondary I and II in Quebec) examine the types of information gathered by websites and apps.

Privacy activity sheets for kids

Find activity sheets parents and educators can use as a fun way to engage with kids on privacy.

My privacy everyday

Find an example illustrating how personal information can be collected in a typical day of a young person.

Privacy quiz

Try our privacy quiz to find out how well you know your privacy rights.

External educational resources and information

Provincial, not-for-profits and other organizations’ information, tools and resources to help engage with kids on the topic of privacy.

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