Lesson Plan

On Line Security

To what extent can people expect privacy in today’s digitally connected world?
Margaret D.
Classroom teacher
Union Academy
Monroe, United States
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Students will be able to...

  • understand that surveillance is the business model of the Internet; data is collected, compiled, analyzed, and used to try to sell us stuff
  • recognize 7 optional steps to protect their on line privacy
  • analyze a political cartoon that relates physical surveillance to digital surveillance
  • use video instruction on how to do internet searches without leaving a trail
  • read and discuss an on line magazine article debate over data tracking
  • connect daily internet use with constitutional rights to the protection of privacy
  • check for understanding about the ethics of business practices using data collection
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 10
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1 Hook

Show infographic of types of personal data available on line

Launch essential question: To what extent can people expect privacy in today’s digitally connected world?

Student Instructions

Respond to awareness of amount of personal data in the public domain.

2 Direct Instruction

Read what Harvard analyst says about internet privacy; introduce 7 steps any individual can take to increase privacy protections

Student Instructions

Students read aloud and discuss article elements; encourage agree/disagree responses to the analyst's viewpoint.

3 Guided Practice

Open Upfront Magazine to political cartoon comparing physical and digital surveillance, "You Are Being Watched" (teacher login required)

Click on video (2.35 min): Browse Without Prying Eyes / How to do internet searches without leaving a trail?


Student Instructions

Discuss political cartoon and students' experiences with targeted ads.

Students view video and comment in small teams in post video discussion.

4 Independent Practice

Read UPFRONT article, JANUARY 29, 2018. "You Are Being Watched" (student login required)


Students respond to 10 question "Check for understanding" on Canvas link or Google form. (assessment)

Student Instructions

Students read article and discuss in small groups: Marketers are tracking what you do online so they can target you with ads matching your interests. What does that mean for your privacy?

5 Wrap Up

Students discuss closing thoughts:

To what extent does the law protect the privacy of online consumers? In your opinion does it do enough?

Should websites be allowed to collect data about you without your permission?

Student Instructions

Students take home the 7 steps to implement their own privacy protection measures.

Homework/enrichment: read "Do You Know How Much Private Information You Give Away Every Day?" MANOUSH ZOMORODI, TIME Magazine, March 29,