Educational resources for teachers

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is committed to helping to improve digital literacy, particularly among vulnerable populations, such as young people. Our goal is to raise awareness of privacy issues and rights among children and young people; and provide guidance and information to help them reduce privacy risks.

Experts have suggested the best approach to educating young people about privacy is to provide kids with the skills to critically evaluate situations on their own, as opposed to imposing a set of rules to follow or technological solutions designed to block access. The heads of all federal, provincial and territorial privacy protection authorities, including the OPC, are calling for privacy education to become a greater priority by including it as a clear and concrete component in digital literacy curricula across the country.

In this section, you will find information, tools and other resources—including our popular graphic novel Social Smarts: Privacy, the Internet and You that we have developed to help educators, parents, librarians, and other adults engage with kids about privacy.

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.

Privacy presentation packages

Find slides and speaking notes for presenting to youth on protecting their personal information and online reputation.

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

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

Privacy activity sheets for kids

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

What can YOU do to protect your online rep? [video]

Watch a video with tips and advice on what to consider when you posting information online.

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.

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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