Download our Brief for educators
The LSE has developed this toolkit for teachers, school librarians and other educators keen to teach children about their data and privacy online, including data protection, the digital economy and a range of privacy issues. It is aimed at children of secondary school age and provides information and resources you can recommend to children, use in the classroom, or use in your own practice, grouped around the key areas below. We also provide guidance about privacy in libraries.
- To promote children’s understanding of the digital environment and support them to make good decisions about privacy online
- To help children understand why privacy online is important and how their online data is generated and used
- To improve children’s knowledge about privacy risks, protective strategies and help-seeking
- To teach children about their privacy rights and how to protect them
Learn more about privacy online
We share a lot about ourselves online – our looks, our friends, what we enjoy or dislike. Other people, like family and friends, share information about us too – when they post a photo of us or tag us at some place. We may be happy to share some things online but other things we’d rather keep to ourselves.
The internet collects information that maybe we didn't mean to share. The apps and devices we use automatically collect information, such as the device we’re using, our location, or what we watch or click on or search for. Over time, this information (our ‘data’) gets more detailed. When companies, advertisers, even future employers use it for their own purposes, this may be helpful, but it may be unfair or harmful.
Resources to use in teaching
- Protecting personal information online – PSHE: lesson plans for primaryand secondary levels to cover all the key areas of personal information and internet safety (Information Commissioner’s Office)
- ‘Life online’ planning framework: planning framework embedding learning for life online across all topic areas of the PSHE education curriculum, including maintaining relationships through social media and a critical understanding of online news sources. Includes guidance on medium-term planning and an audit tool for evaluating current provision (PSHE).
- Educational resources for teachers: resources for teachers to help educate children about privacy (including lesson plans, presentation packages, activity sheets, videos and a graphic novel (comics) with discussion guide) (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
- Digital literacy library: privacy and reputation: lesson plans and activities designed to help young people develop skills needed to navigate the digital world, critically consume information and responsibly produce and share content (Facebook)
- Media smarts digital literacy: a classroom guide with practical tools to teach digital literacy skills (ethics and empathy, privacy and security, community engagement, digital health, consumer awareness, finding and verifying and making and remixing). With an overview of privacy resources(Media Smarts)
- QuickStart computing: essential subject knowledge, with a framework and guidance for planning, teaching and assessing progress. With a focus on privacy: living in a digital societyand the ethics of algorithms (Computing at school)
Resources to use in your practice
- Essential digital skills framework: defines the skills needed to safely benefit from, participate in and contribute to the digital world (Department for Education)
- Education for a connected world: framework describing the digital knowledge and skills that children should develop at different ages and stages of their lives (UK Council for Internet Safety)