Level: Grades 9 - 12
Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts
This lesson was made possible with financial support from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
In this lesson students consider and discuss the trade-offs we all make on a daily basis between maintaining our privacy, and gaining access to information services. The lesson begins with a series of guided questions to help students assess their own perceptions of privacy and determine their comfort levels with giving out personal information. This is followed by a series of exercises and case studies that encourage them to delve deeper into privacy issues. As a summative activity, students produce short video essays that reflect those privacy issues they consider to be important.
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.