Helping Children understand their Data and Privacy

Making it fun for students to learn about privacy

Schools have an obligation to inform their students, parents, staff and others about how their data is used. This is nothing new. What has changed is that there is a lot more data now and more consequences for not doing it.   It is not just about legislation changes within GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018, it comes as a result of a universal need to have a greater awareness of data, privacy and digital footprints.

Schools are great at giving staff regular training on safeguarding and how they use sensitive data within school.   The DfE have even provided Privacy Notice Model Documents to help schools keep all stakeholders informed which has been a big help.   More specifically, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)  launched its Your Data Matters awareness campaign to increase understanding of issues such as privacy notices.

In addition, GDPR in Schools provide and regularly update our free resources which include awareness and training videos, posters and guidance to help keep responsibilities at the forefront of staff minds.

We are often asked about bringing an awareness of data protection to children. Data protection awareness is normally only raised when students are doing online safety sessions. This is often only done once a year and is heavily based on Safeguarding.   The DfE recently provided additional support by updating the Keeping Children Safe In Education documents and providing guidance on Teaching Online Safety in Schools.   Many people are not aware of the Education For A Connected World framework from UKCIS that also has a wealth of information.

However, these documents are far from being child-friendly, and we all have a responsibility to support our children in their understanding. Data and privacy will play major roles in their lives.

Reviewing the ICO’s Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference this year, our Head of Services, Tony Sheppard recalls:

“It was wonderful to catch up with Prof Sonia Livingstone and hear that she and Dr Mariya Stoilova, through The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), were awarded a Grant by ICO last year. It was amazing to get a glimpse of the resources to follow and see how it was being tied together with a wealth of background research and support, built up over many years.”

Recently, LSE  released their subsequent report and presentation on their work and, most importantly, they have released to the public all the resources to help and support children directly.

James Grew, GDPRiS Chief Operating Officer commented:

“This will really be a big step towards helping your students and we are so impressed with the resources we have added them into the Useful Links section within our GDPRiS platform to promote to our 2,500 schools.”

He added,

“The Watch and Play resources are so engaging and selected with the help of other children. You can solve privacy challenges and check how privacy-aware you are whilst having fun. Perfect for the classroom.”

Share with your Designated Safeguarding Lead, share with your pastoral staff and share with your IT staff/providers. All these resources have been created or collated by LSE and we are proud to promote their continued work.