New video, tip sheet, and youth presentation package will help teachers
and parents talk to youth about the importance of protecting their
OTTAWA, Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The Privacy Commissioner of Canada,
Jennifer Stoddart, today launched a series of new tools to help
teachers and parents communicate with young people about the privacy
risks associated with online activities and help them better protect
their information online.
The new tools, which include a video, a tip sheet for parents, and a youth presentation package for youth in Grades 7 and 8 (Secondary I and
II in Quebec) were unveiled by the Privacy Commissioner in a presentation to grade
seven and eight students at a middle school in downtown Ottawa.
"Canadian kids use the Internet and online tools effortlessly, at a very
young age, and many kids are way ahead of adults in adapting to new
technology," says Commissioner Stoddart. "Unfortunately, while they are
incredibly adept when it comes to surfing, texting, posting, and
chatting online, they don't always take time to consider the privacy
pitfalls these new technologies pose."
"We need to start talking to them about online privacy at an early age
and encourage them to think carefully about the personal information
they are sharing online," explains Commissioner Stoddart.
The new video speaks to teens directly and covers the key privacy
concepts kids need to consider when sharing information online. The
video can be viewed online or downloaded for discussing privacy issues
The new tip sheet for parents offers 12 practical tips for parents who
want to talk to their kids about privacy in the online world. The tips
include some simple ideas and advice that parents can use to help limit
the risks to their children's personal information, while still
allowing them to benefit from and enjoy their time online.
The Grades 7 and 8 presentation package is the latest release in the
Office's Protecting Your Online Rep presentation series. The package includes slides, speaking notes and
discussion topics that can be used by educators and community leaders
to speak to young people about online privacy. The new presentation
offers much of the practical privacy advice found in the first
presentation package, which was designed for Grades 9 to 12 and
launched last fall, but the graphics and speaking notes have been
tailored to the social realities and online activities of younger
"While our kids may be growing up in an age of digital interaction, they
still value their online reputations and they want to protect them. The
problem is, many just don't know how," explains Commissioner Stoddart. "The new tools launched by our Office
offer the practical advice that parents, teachers and students can all
use to help build a secure online identity and keep their personal
Today's announcement was made as part of the Office of the Privacy
Commissioner of Canada's week-long campaign leading up to Data Privacy Day. Data Privacy Day, which is marked annually on January 28, was
established to raise awareness about the impact that technology is
having on privacy rights and to promote the protection of personal
information. For more information on the Office's Data Privacy Day
activities and resources, go to www.priv.gc.ca.
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is mandated by Parliament to act as
an ombudsman and guardian of privacy in Canada. The Commissioner
enforces two federal laws for the protection of personal information:
the Privacy Act, which applies to the federal public sector; and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which applies to commercial activities in the Atlantic
provinces, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Territories. Quebec,
Alberta and British Columbia each has its own law covering the private
sector. Even in these provinces, PIPEDA continues to apply to the
federally regulated private sector and to personal information in
interprovincial and international transactions.
The new youth privacy presentation, video and tip sheet for parents can
be found on the Office's youth website: http://www.youthprivacy.ca.
A photo of the Commissioner's presentation at Hopewell Avenue Public
School will be available later today.
NOTE: Journalists are asked to please send requests for interviews or further
information via e-mail.
SOURCE Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
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