Grade 7

Big, Big Data

How do companies collect and use data about you?

Every time we go online, we're giving away information about ourselves. But just how much data are companies collecting from us? Hint: It's probably a lot more than we realize. Show your students these three tips on how to limit the data that companies collect.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Explain why information about them and their behaviors is valuable to companies.
  • Analyze how certain types of data are used by companies.
  • Learn three strategies to limit individual data collection by companies.
Key Vocabulary: consumer  ·  cookies  ·  data  ·  targeted advertising
A person who buys products or services to use
small text files stored on a computer that keep track of what a person does on a website
facts and statistics collected together to be used for different purposes
targeted advertising:
when apps or websites use information that they have collected about you to show you certain types of advertisements
Privacy & Security
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

Lesson Plan

45 mins.

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