The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

Your rights to your information: ICO resources for schools

Tailored lesson plans for children and young people

Our lesson plans have been developed by teachers and tailored to specific areas of the curriculum. The focus is to help children and young people:

  • Better understand the value and importance of their personal information.
  • Know how to look after it.
  • Understand the obligations that organisations have.

Children start using the internet from a very young age, but most aren't aware of how the personal information they upload gets used, or how to make informed decisions about what they share online. Protecting personal information is an essential part of adult life, and teaching young people about internet safety from an early age will help give them the knowledge and tools to take responsibility for protecting their own information.

The ICO's primary and secondary level lesson plans include practice guidance and topics of discussion to encourage children to think about what is meant by 'personal information', and what it is appropriate to give out such information, and to whom.

The plans also provide information and activities about the rights of individuals, and the obligations of companies to disclose and make clear how they use the information we provide and share.

See our infographic on protecting children's personal information online.

Read an introduction to the ICO and our lesson plans.

Teaching personal information safety as part of PSHE.

Lesson Plans for primary schools

Lesson plans for secondary schools

Please let us know whether these lesson plans have met your needs and, if they have, whether you would be interested in working with us to develop or pilot new ones. Email Robert.parker@ico.org.uk or call 01625 545847.

Download citizenship, PSHE and ICT curriculum information for your region.

Find out what other teachers think of our resources and watch The High Storrs School testimonial on Vimeo.

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