AGE 13–14Icon UkUk Lesson Plan

Being Aware of What You Share (UK)

How can you protect your privacy when you're online?

Children and young people share a lot of information whenever they go online -- sometimes on purpose, sometimes not. But do they understand that online privacy isn't just what they say and post? Help your learners understand their digital footprints and the steps they can take to shape what others find and see about them.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Reflect on the concept of privacy, including what they feel comfortable sharing and with which people.
  • Analyse different ways that advertisers collect information about users to send them targeted ads.
  • Identify strategies for protecting their privacy, including opting out of specific features and analysing app or website privacy policies.
Key Vocabulary: cookies  ·  opt out  ·  privacy  ·  privacy policy  ·  privacy settings  ·  terms of service
small text files stored on a computer that keep track of what a person does on a website
opt out:
to choose to not participate in something
protection from being observed or tracked by others, including the government, the public, or selected individuals or groups
privacy policy:
a legal document that an app or website must provide which describes what user information they collect and how they use it
privacy settings:
choices a website or app might give you about what information is visible to other users and third parties
terms of service:
a legal document that an app or website must provide that describes the rules the company and users must obey when they use the app or website
Privacy & Security

Lesson Plan

50 mins.

What You'll Need

Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Ad Detective Handout Teacher Version
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources

  • Family Activity
  • Family Tips