The IPC recognizes Media Literacy Week by shining a spotlight on the importance of privacy education on digital and media literacy for young people everywhere.
In an increasingly digital world, the prevalence of cyberbullying, sexting, hacking, email scams and other threats has made it more important than ever for students to acquire the tools they need to help them safely navigate online with confidence. With privacy education, young people are better equipped to face these challenges and protect their digital footprint.
With the stakes so high, the IPC is pleased to join our fellow federal, provincial and territorial privacy regulators in encouraging the Council of Ministers of Education to take steps to ensure that young and future generations of Canadians grow up with strong digital and privacy skills. We believe that these skills are the driving force for young people to exercise their privacy rights and become responsible digital citizens. The IPC welcomes the opportunity to work with and provide support to Ontario’s educators in making privacy education a greater priority within an overall digital literacy strategy.
The IPC has also published important guidance as part of our ongoing commitment to raising digital privacy awareness. Our Reference Check: Is Your Boss Watching? Privacy and Your Facebook Profile brochure reminds you that anything you post online may stay there forever and offers helpful tips on how to protect and control your online reputation.
The IPC’s Identity Theft: A Crime of Opportunity booklet explores the number of ways that your personal information can be stolen on social media platforms and from mobile devices and includes steps that you can take to avoid identity theft, especially online.