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Level: Grades 6 to 9
This lesson introduces students to the ways in which commercial websites collect personal information from kids and to the issues surrounding children and privacy on the Internet. It begins with a guided discussion on what type of information is valuable to marketers, and the methods that they use to collect this information online. Students also compare Canadian voluntary guidelines to American legislation for the protection of children's privacy online. Activities include a survey of privacy practices on popular children's websites; a letter-writing activity to voice concerns about online privacy; and an exercise where students learn to recognize 'smoke and mirrors' in privacy policies for children's we sites.
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.
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