Privacy activity sheets for kids
Kids today go online earlier in life than ever before – which means that parents should start talking about the digital world and online privacy much sooner than they used to. We have created these six activity sheets to give parents and educators a fun way to get the conversation started. The sheets appear in order of difficulty, ranging from very simple (a colouring page) to more difficult (a simple cryptography activity).
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At the top of this colouring page, there is text that says: The Internet is made up of computers all around the world, all connected to each other. We can use the Internet to talk to our friends and family, watch videos, play games and lots more! Colour in this girl and the fun pictures she is posting on the Internet. [End text]
This colouring page depicts a girl sitting in the middle of the page, playing on a tablet. Surrounding her are four illustrations that represent photos that she is posting to the Internet.
In the upper left corner, we see a picture of an older man and woman. They are smiling. We can assume they are her grandparents.
In the lower left corner, we see a picture of three people. The middle person is holding a guitar. The three people could possibly be in a band.
In the upper right corner, we see a foot kicking a soccer ball.
In the lower right corner, we see a picture of a woman smiling.
The colouring page has the logo of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner at the bottom left of the page, and it has a link to Privacy and kids on the bottom right of the page.
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At the top of this activity sheet, there is text that says: When you post a picture online, you never know just what’s going to happen to it. Follow the picture’s path through the Internet maze and see where it ends up! [End text]
On this activity sheet, there is a black and white maze. In the top left corner, at the beginning of the maze, we see a teenage boy holding a smartphone. There is a circle above him with an enlarged view of the smartphone’s screen, which shows a picture of the teen dancing.
In the maze, there are three bubbles that show the same picture of the boy dancing.
In the bottom right corner, at the end of the maze, we see an older woman sitting at a computer with a cup of coffee. She has a surprise bubble over her head. We can assume it is the teenaged boy’s grandmother and that she is surprised to see his picture online.
The colouring page has the logo of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner at the bottom left of the page, and it has a link to Privacy and kids in the bottom right of the page.
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In this activity sheet, there are two different illustrations. Readers are invited to find the 13 differences between the photos.
Above the first image, on the top, it says, “Original picture – posted Oct. 21, 11:25 a.m. (shared 5 times)”
In the top image, there are 13 people at a party. They appear to be young adults. There is a teenaged boy in the middle, and he is surrounded by his friends.
Above the bottom image, it says, “Changed version – posted Oct. 21, 1:37 p.m. (shared 326 times)”
The bottom image is the same as the top one, with a few notable differences:
- There is a big white dog on the left
- On the far left, the first friend in the picture has a man’s face on his t-shirt
- This first friend also has antennas, like a bug does!
- One of the friends with brown hair has switched places
- One of the friends with a hat has switched places
- A friend with a ponytail now has a mustache
- The friend with the ponytail is now wearing a skirt instead of pants
- A friend with blond hair now has black hair
- A friend with glasses now is wearing a top hat
- A friend who did not have glasses now is wearing them
- The friend who is now wearing glasses has black hair instead of brown hair
- The planet Saturn is in the top right of the scene
- There is a small white cat on the right
At the bottom of the page, there is text that says: When you post a picture to the Internet, it’s almost impossible to get it back. Virtually anyone can get a hold of it… and do whatever they want to it! Can you spot the differences between the original uploaded picture and the version that showed up online a couple of hours later? Find and circle the 13 differences! [End text]
The activity sheet has the logo of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner at the bottom left of the page, and a link to Privacy and kids in the bottom right of the page.
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The text at the top of this page says: It can be fun to tag your friends in photos you post to social networks. But not everyone wants to be identified, and it’s important to respect their wishes and only tag them if you have permission. Colour in only the people who want to be tagged! [End text]
Underneath the text there are eight faces, with the words “Tag me!” or “No thanks!” written underneath each face.
Here are the faces in order:
- The face is of a woman with medium-length hair. It says, “Tag me!” underneath her face
- The face is of a girl with pom-poms in her hair. It says, “No thanks!” underneath her face
- The face is of a man with short, black hair and a round face. It says, “Tag me!” underneath his face
- The face is of a woman with spiky black hair. She is wearing earrings and dark lipstick. It says “No thanks!” underneath her face
- The face is of man with chiseled cheekbones. It says, “Tag me!” underneath his face
- The face is of a man with short hair. It says, “No thanks!” underneath his face
- The face is of an older man with a beard. He is balding. It says, “Tag me!” underneath his face
- The face is of a man with dark curly hair and glasses. It says, “No thanks!” underneath his face
Underneath the images of the faces, you see a group photo of the individuals. The reader is asked to colour the people with “tag me” indicated in the section above.
This is the order of the individuals in the group photo from left to right:
- It is the man with dark curly hair and glasses
- It is the man with short hair
- It is the woman with the medium-length hair
- It is the older man with a beard
- It is the woman with spiky black hair and dark lipstick
- It is the girl with pom-poms in her hair
- It is the man with chiseled cheekbones
- It is the man with short, black hair and a round face
This activity sheet page has the logo of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner at the bottom left of the page, and a link to Privacy and kids in the bottom right of the page.
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This activity sheet is a cryptography exercise. The text to explain how to do this activity is at the top of the page. It says: Cryptography lets you send private messages to your friends online. But it can also be used with a pen and paper! In this code, every number represents a letter. So if there’s a 1, it means A, 2 means B and so on. [End text]
All of the letters of the alphabet are in a chart. Underneath the letters are numbers from 1 to 26.
A = 1
B = 2
C = 3
D = 4
E = 5
F = 6
G = 7
H = 8
I = 9
J = 10
K = 11
L = 12
M = 13
N = 14
O = 15
P = 16
Q = 17
R = 18
S = 19
T = 20
U = 21
V = 22
W = 23
X = 24
Y = 25
Z = 26
There is a smartphone with a smiley face on the screen. The smartphone has arms and legs and it is pointing to the letter Y.
There is chart below with numbers. Above the chart, the text says, “Can you use the code above to solve this riddle?”
The reader is asked to put the letter that corresponds to each number in the chart to solve the code.
25, 15, 21 [space] 3, 18, 3, 11, 5, 4
20, 8, 5, [space] 3, 15, 4, 5
There are two empty boxes below for the reader to create their own puzzles. There is text that says: Now, use the same code to encrypt and send a secret message to a friend! [End text]
To the right of the empty boxes is a picture of a boy wearing a backpack. Next to him is a girl who is shorter than he is. She has long, black hair and her arm is outstretched.
This activity sheet has the logo of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner at the bottom left of the page, and a link to Privacy and kids in the bottom right of the page.
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