Aug 272014
 August 27, 2014  Posted by  Online, Youth & Schools

From the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand, a program for children (and their teachers):

Keeping children safe on the internet is a difficult task in today’s rapidly evolving technological world. To make it easier, the Privacy Commissioner in conjunction with Netsafe and supported by the NZ National Commission for UNESCO, has developed an online privacy resource to do just that.

OWLS – an acronym for “Own your information”, “Wait and feel free to ask someone else”, “Lock your stuff” and “Safety first” – is a series of 24 modules on different aspects of managing personal information online for primary and intermediate-aged children.

The programme, developed in consultation with teachers, has a selection of modules which can be adapted to fit in with existing classroom work or used as a complete cyber-education programme.

Children experiment in digital media from very young ages and OWLS was developed to help wise online behaviour.

Topics covered include: Social media sites are public places; sharing your location isn’t always the best thing to do; treat your phone as carefully as you treat your money; and who are you really talking to? Each module’s content has questions to be explored, activities and resources.

Launched in February this year, the material is available at


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