Privacy & Security

Privacy & SecurityManage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online (from the MITECS Digital Citizen Competency 2d).

Everyone values their privacy and wants to feel safe at home and online. These desires work together in positive ways, but if found uneducated, the results can lead to sometimes dangerous situations such as identity theft. Understanding how to be safe and managing one's public persona on social media can help the navigation of safe travel through sometimes dangerous online seas.

Privacy & Security Overview and entry points into the toolkit.


  1. What are important considerations for maintaining privacy and keeping personal information secure? How are these ideas connected to Digital Footprints?
  2. What is the balance that needs to be struck between teacher students to become expert navigators of the internet for professional purposes and keeping them secure without scaring them?
  3. Describe the value of using this resource as a mini-lesson or activity with students?
  4. Based on listening to one of the podcasts, what are 2-3 takeaways you have for improving student experiences with privacy and/or security?


  1. Explore the lessons. Find one to use or adapt by teachers for students.
  2. Use the selected articles for a reflective discussion among educators (and teens) to build an understanding of the best path to teach and model responsible use of technology.
  3. Plan with colleagues a common strategy for using part or all of this resource for a grade level or school-wide implementation.
  4. Use 1-2 episodes of a podcast for a reflective dialog among staff and/or students about privacy and security. Create a list of steps or strategies that each person will practice. In 2-4 weeks come back together to review the results.


  • Privacy & Security and Internet safety backgrounder 
    View these helpful guides regarding the core topics that this toolkit section focuses on.
  • Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety: Digital Citizenship
    This site includes a wealth of information and resources on multiple aspects of Digital Citizenship. Its theme is about safety and privacy.
  • Podcasts
    Podcasts are effective ways to learn about topics while on the go. As you explore these podcast for deeper understanding of this toolkit section, also consider how you could build your own, and those by students, in the classroom.
  • Be Internet Awesome/Interland
    This guide provides helpful tips to discuss and guide students on safe practices. Some topics include: “Secure Your Secrets” and “Don’t Fall for Fake”
  • Privacy & Security by Keith Tramper
    View this slidedeck for practical tools and resources to support keeping your work secure, and that of students.
  • Data Detox
    This creative look at one’s privacy teaches through participation in a process for learning about one’s own digital presence. Less than 30 minutes over 8 days could be a new you.
  • Nearpod
    Here’s a simple and straightforward explanation about Digital Citizenship. Great in classrooms that use Nearpod.
  • 21 Things 4 Students - Thing 6
    Use these activities with students to explore this important topic. Plan for reflection conversations after they complete any of the tasks.
  • Explore using password managers for using secure passwords, i.e. LastPass
  • Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative 
    Here are references and resources by the Michigan Attorney General’s office to support your work on Cyber Safety.

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Sue Schwartz
Executive Director