The European Handbook for Teaching Privacy and Data Protection at Schools

  • Research
  • 11/08/2016
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Under the framework of the ARCADES research project, for the past 18 months, three European data protection authorities (DPAs) – from Poland, Hungary and Slovenia – as well as the Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) have looked for best practices in teaching privacy and personal data protection at schools.

This common endeavour has resulted in a series of academic reports and articles, three seminars for teachers, three national contests for the best lesson plan and a final conference in Barcelona.
 
The most recent output, ‘The European Handbook for Teaching Privacy and Data Protection at Schools', edited by Prof. Dr. Gloria González Fuster (VUB-LSTS) and Dariusz Kloza, LLM (VUB-LSTS & PRIO), was released in July 2016 in four linguistic versions: English, Hungarian, Polish and Slovenian.
 
The main ingredient of the handbook is the ‘Teacher's Manual' – a practical and innovative tool for teachers wishing to educate children about privacy and personal data protection. Teachers will find therein not only key relevant notions thoroughly yet easily explained, but also ideas for discussion, specific exercises and tips adapted to different ages and school levels. The manual focuses on the common core of privacy and personal data protection in Europe and thus it could be adjusted with ease to the reality and needs of any EU Member State. Three lessons plans that have won national contests, the ‘Mini–Bill of Privacy and Data Protection Rights', a short glossary and suggestions for further readings follow the manual.
 
Download the handbook in English, Hungarian, Polish or Slovenian.
 
See the full press release, giving more detail on the background to the project also, on the LSTS blog of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Law, Science, Technology & Society Research Group.

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