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The European Handbook for Teaching Privacy and Data Protection at Schools

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This book was prepared in the context of the project Introducing Data Protection and Privacy Issues at Schools in the European Union (ARCADES) running between November 2014 and May 2016 and co-funded by the European Union.

The Handbook is the outcome of a joint effort by all project’s partners: the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection of Poland (GIODO), the Information Commissioner of the Republic of Slovenia (IPRS), the Hungarian National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (NAIH), and the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

When we started our work on the ARCADES project, we set ourselves the goal of developing practical materials for schools and teachers to help them to teach students in an interesting and at the same time efficient way about the need to protect their privacy. We are convinced that the knowledge on the protection of privacy and personal data as well as on the safe use of the Internet should constitute an essential element of school education. This publication offers practical guidance on teaching privacy and data protection at schools – wrote in the opening statement to the publication Dr Edyta Bielak-Jomaa, the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection.

This handbook offers practical guidance and tools to teach privacy and personal data protection to children and teenagers at schools in Europe. It covers issues such as individual rights, online safety, digital identity, behavioural advertising, cyber bullying and parental surveillance, addressing them in a clear and sound manner. Teachers and education experts will find in it not only key relevant notions thoroughly explained, but also ideas for discussion, concrete exercises and useful tips adapted to different ages and school levels, as well as lesson plans awarded within the competitions organisaed by ARCADES project’s partners.

Privacy and data protection experts and professionals, including data protection authorities, will enjoy new insights on how to engage with privacy education and, more generally, on how to raise the awareness of minors on these issues. A Mini-Bill of Privacy and Data Protection Rights, a glossary and a list of resources are also provided.

The Teacher’s Manual, as well as the Mini-bill of Privacy and Data Protection Rights, are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, therefore you are invited to freely use the contents of this publication.

The publication was developed in English and translated into Polish, Hungarian and Slovenian. All the language versions are available on the website of the ARCADES project.