Tips and tools for parents

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 also find resources designed to help them understand how their online activities might affect their reputations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Topics to talk about

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

Gaming consoles and personal information: playing with privacy

Get information and advice on how to protect your personal information while playing online.

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.

Building a secure online identity

Find some simple reminders for kids about what they can do to protect their online identity.

How to know if your online friends are who they say they are

Find tips kids can use to help them ensure they validate online friend requests before accepting them.

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