2d. Digital Citizen | English Language Arts | Grades 6-12
To examine the privacy policies and data collection of popular websites, teachers can have students visit 3-5 of their favorite “pleasure reading” websites, which may include websites dedicated to FanFiction, sports, history, fashion, art & culture, space exploration, etc. For each website, students can cite the website using the appropriate format (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.), a one-sentence summary of the website’s content, and a response to each of the following prompts:
- What type of information does the website collect about its users?
- What does the website do with the information it collects?
- Are there options for electing if you can opt-in or opt-out of the data collection?
As students collect their information, teachers can have them “crowdsource” the information by adding it to a shared document or digital collaborative space. That when, once the students have added their information to it, teachers can have students look across the information they identified from the websites’ privacy statements to identify commonalities. To conclude this activity, teachers can have students share the commonalities they identified as part of a class conversation.
EdTech Resources for Citing Sources
EdTech Resources for Crowdsourcing Information
This instructional idea has students examine the privacy policies of websites they frequently visit in order to build their awareness of those websites' data collection and privacy policies. In addition, students are able to look across the websites they analyzed along with those analyzed by their classmates to increase their awareness regarding the data being collected about them by the websites.