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Privacy and kids

Young people today are early adopters and sophisticated users of new technologies, which they use with ease and enthusiasm.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) believes personal information relating to children and youth is particularly sensitive, especially the younger they are. Children represent a vulnerable segment of the population and companies should make every attempt to avoid collecting their personal information. We have also taken the position that in all but exceptional cases, consent for the collection, use and disclosure of the personal information of children under the age of 13 must be obtained from their parents or guardians.

Explore the links on this page to find information related to kids and privacy.

Educational resources for teachers

Access tools and information developed to help educate kids about privacy. Check out our lesson plans, presentation packages, activity sheets, videos and a graphic novel with discussion guide.

Tips and tools for parents

Tools and tips to help parents talk with their kids and teens about privacy in a digital environment, including do-it-yourself house rules for online privacy.

Guidance for businesses that collect kids' information

Find guidance, tips and related OPC investigation findings to help businesses comply with the law when handling the personal information of children and youth.

Research related to kids' privacy

Explore links to research about the privacy of children and youth conducted or funded by the OPC.


What can YOU do to protect your online rep? [video]

This video provides you with tips and advice on what to consider when you are posting information online.

Do-it-yourself House Rules for Online Privacy

With this tool, parents can take the time to learn how their children spend time online and then discuss the ways to protect privacy while communicating, exploring and learning.

Social Smarts: privacy, the Internet and you

We have created this graphic novel to help young Canadians to better understand and navigate privacy issues in the online world.

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