Social Smarts: Privacy, the Internet and You

Graphic novel helps youth navigate online privacy risks

Canadian kids are digitally savvy and they value their privacy, but they are often unsuspecting about the potential privacy risks of new digital communications technologies.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has created a graphic novel, Social Smarts: Privacy, the Internet and You, to help young Canadians to better understand and navigate privacy issues in the online world.

The 12-page graphic novel – a first for our Office – is designed to appeal to tweens and younger teens.

Developed with feedback from youth, it tells the story of a brother and sister who learn (sometimes the hard way) about the privacy risks related to social networking, mobile devices and texting, and online gaming.

The graphic novel includes detailed black and white illustrations so it can be easily reproduced by educators and parents.

PDF version of Graphic Novel
HTML version of Graphic Novel
Discussion Guide

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