15th Data Protection Day in schools
Traditionally, on the occasion of the Data Protection Day, Jan Nowak, the President of the Personal Data Protection Office (UODO), sent an open letter addressed to both principals and teachers, as well as parents and students, to schools participating in the celebration of this special day.
The content of the open letter includes not only thanks for the preparation of numerous educational initiatives that schools have planned in connection with the upcoming Data Protection Day celebrations, but above all it indicates the need to shape responsible behaviour in the area of data protection and privacy among children and youth.
Data protection is the core of digital skills
– Pay attention to what information we share about ourselves and others, especially in the digital reality. We should pay special attention to how our data is processed by other entities and we should use our rights regarding the protection of personal data. Data protection is the core of digital skills – wrote the President of the UODO, while emphasizing the key aspect of privacy protection, which is making the right choices that entail specific consequences.
The letter also called on principals, teachers and parents to discuss data protection and privacy with children.
– Young people should be aware of their rights and the consequences of their actions. This knowledge will allow them to make prudent decisions about what information they want to disclose, to whom, and under what conditions. We should also remember that the practical aspect of this education is very important. It is not only about acquiring knowledge, but it is crucial to build awareness and understand the phenomena related to the protection of privacy in order to effectively use this knowledge in everyday life – emphasized the President of the UODO.
However, referring to the variety of forms and the number of attractions organized as part of the UODO’s educational program, he said: – I encourage all those who have not yet planned their activities to support this project (...) and organize local initiatives for the safety and protection of the privacy of young Internet users. This is especially important in the era of remote education and remote work – when we spend much more time in the digital space.
There are more local initiatives promoting the 15th Data Protection Day
The annual celebration of the Data Protection Day also includes, apart from national events, many local events. These initiatives are undertaken, among others, by schools and teacher training institutions participating in the UODO’s educational program "Your data – Your concern" mentioned in the letter of the President of the UODO. This year, students and teachers have prepared many proposals, mainly virtual, adapting to the pandemic reality, in which data security has taken on special significance.
Quizzes, but also games with the use of virtual platforms, as well as the talks on the protection of personal data and privacy, are currently the most popular ways of disseminating knowledge about data protection in their school communities. Most events in schools will take place at the turn of January and February 2021 in connection with the celebration of the 15th Data Protection Day on January 28th.
Students learn about data protection at school...
To make the lessons interesting and engaging for the students, the organizers plan to reach for technical innovations. For example, to learn and consolidate the definitions from the area of data protection, some schools want to use QR codes (Special Care Educational Facility No. 2 in Kielce, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship), while others intend to create memes or a comic book on data protection (Private Primary School ŻOREK in Żory, Śląskie Voivodeship). Still others are preparing to conduct their virtual lessons in escape rooms (Complex of Primary School and Kindergarten in Ilkowice, Małopolskie Voivodeship). There are also those who, knowing the fondness of young people for computer games, let students create their own game, the subject of which will be devoted to data protection (The Heroes of the Poznań’s June 1956 Trade Schools Complex in Poznań, Wielkopolskie Voivodeship).
In addition, the 15th Data Protection Day is an opportunity to develop talents, e.g.:
• writing talents, by creating epigrams on the subject of "Your data – Your concern" (Primary School in Nieporęt, Mazowieckie Voivodeship),
• oratory talents, by conducting broadcasts on the idea of the Data Protection Day and the UODO’s educational program via school radio station (col. Florian Laskowski Primary School in Gruta, Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship),
• art talents, by organizing a competition for a stamp that can be a symbol of data protection (Public Primary School no. 8 in Brzeg, Opolskie Voivodeship), or a mural (Primary School with Integration Departments No. 87 7th Infantry Regiment of the Home Army "Garłuch" in Warsaw, Mazowieckie Voivodeship) or a T-shirt with a motif encouraging the protection of personal data (Henryk Sienkiewicz Primary School in Niesułków, Łódź Voivodeship).
The initiatives to expand the knowledge of... adults promise to be equally interesting:
• teachers, by learning encryption together with students (Primary School in Białołęka, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship),
• parents, by organizing training for them (Complex of Schools of Economics in Częstochowa, Śląskie Voivodeship).
... but they also look for it in the local community
Among the planned educational initiatives, there are also activities that go beyond school walls, such as:
• exchange of information between schools via the eTwinning platform (prof. Adam Wodziczko Primary School in Swarzędz, Wielkopolskie Voivodeship),
• an open lesson on data protection in social media (Adam Mickiewicz Primary School in Lublin, Lublin Voivodeship),
• meeting with the Data Protection Officer, during which students will not only have the opportunity to learn more about the rules of personal data processing, but also to find out what skills and competences are needed to become a Data Protection Officer (Constitution of 3 May 1791 Primary School in Jaświły, Podlaskie voivodeship).