AGE 17–18Icon UkUk Lesson Plan

Debating the Privacy Line (UK)

Should the government have access to all your social media and smartphone data?

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, without violating our privacy? Help learners think through this question and become thoughtful influencers of data policy and practice.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the pros and cons of schools having access to learners' social media.
  • Describe the concerns related to government access to social media and smartphone data, including those related to free speech and privacy.
  • Choose a position for or against government access to social media and smartphone data, and support that position with reasons and examples.
Key Vocabulary: Article 8  ·  surveillance
Article 8:
closely watching or keeping track of a person or people
Privacy & Security

Lesson Plan

55 mins.

What You'll Need

Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Safety Vs. Privacy Handout Handout Teacher Version
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources

  • Family Activity
  • Family Tips