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Privacy Pirates: An App on Online Privacy

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Project Leader(s)

Jane Tallim, Co-Executive Director


In 2011, MediaSmarts launched Privacy Pirates: An Interactive Unit on Online Privacy, an educational game for children ages 7‐9. This game introduces children to the concept of online privacy and teaches them to distinguish between information that is appropriate to give out and information better kept private, and to recognize how this may change in different contexts.

This year, MediaSmarts developed app versions of the Privacy Pirates game, for both Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, as well as a revised Flash version featuring enhanced animation. Delivering the game as an app for mobile devices enables it to reach much wider audiences. In particular, the app format allows MediaSmarts to deliver the game to young children who need to learn good privacy habits in the environments where they spend most of their time online and where they face the most privacy risks. The app versions of Privacy Pirates put essential tools for teaching young children privacy skills and habits into the hands of the parents and teachers.

This document is available in the following language(s):

English and French

OPC Funded Project

This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.

Contact Information

950 Gladstone Avenue, Suite 120
Ottawa, Ontario
K1Y 3E6

Tel: 1-800-896-3342 (in Canada) or (613) 224-7721
Fax: (613) 761-9024

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