Grade 12

Debating the Privacy Line

Should the government have access to all your social media and cellphone data?
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This lesson meets standards for CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

Often, the more information we have, the better decisions we're able to make. The power of data can benefit both individuals and governments. But who can be trusted with the responsibility of having all this data? Can governments collect and use it fairly and without violating our privacy? Help students think through this question and become thoughtful influencers of data policy and practice.

Students will be able to:
  • Identify the pros and cons of schools having access to students' social media.
  • Describe the concerns related to government access to social media and cellphone data, including those related to free speech and privacy.
  • Choose a position for or against government access to social media and cellphone data, and support that position with reasons and examples.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 55 mins.
Media Monitor
20 mins.
Safety Vs. Privacy
20 mins.
Take a Side
15 mins.

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Student Handout: Safety Vs. Privacy Student Version Answer Key
Lesson Quiz Student Version Answer Key
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