Who Knows? Your Privacy in the Information Age - Lesson Lesson Plan


Level: Grades 8 - 10

Author: This unit has been adapted, with permission, from Who Knows? Your Privacy in the Information Age, the American Express Company, 1993.

This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.


In this lesson, students explore issues relating to privacy through a series of activities, surveys and quizzes. The unit begins with a quiz about access to personal information. Students then complete an opinion survey about privacy and compare their answers to classmates and Canadians in general. In “Who Knows What About Me?” students assess how much personal information has been collected about them, and in small groups, they assume the roles of various organizations in order to determine what information is necessary to collect, and where collection of personal information becomes invasive. In a privacy round table,students invite experts from the community to participate in a discussion about privacy issues, and in “It Could Happen to You” students write endings to stories that feature privacy related scenarios.

Learning Outcomes Students:

  • develop an awareness of their rights to privacy as citizens and consumers
  • research and analyse information concerning a number of privacy issues
  • develop critical thinking skills in determining personal ideas on privacy issues

Home and School Connection

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