Data Privacy Day 2012: Youth and Privacy


This is the second of a series of posts celebrating Data Privacy Day 2012 , an international celebration designed to promote awareness about the many ways personal information is collected, stored, used, and shared, and to promote education about privacy practices that will enable individuals to protect their personal information. (Cross-posted at

Young people care about their privacy and reputation, and are always willing to try and consider new tools and information that help them protect their online reputation.   Data Privacy Day 2012 has compiled online resources discussing privacy and youth and offers a Youth and Privacy Tipsheet, available online as a digital download.

Another resource is the book lol…OMG!: What Every Student Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying. The book uses real-life case studies to examine the consequences of oversharing, cyberbullying and other online risk taking, and offers actionable strategies and best practices to empower its readers to become responsible digital citizens and to maintain a positive online presence.  To celebrate Data Privacy Day, the authors and publishers of lol…OMG!: What Every Student Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying are making the book available as a free download between January 27 and January 30. Get the free e-book at!vstc5=ebook.

Finally, books are great discussion starters when talking about privacy issues with youth.  Here is a selection of books (accompanied by the publishers’ suggested age levels) that offer a variety of perspectives on privacy:

Dystopic Futures
1984 by George Orwell (Age 14 and older)
Candor by Pam Bacchorz (Age 13 and older)
Feed by M.T. Anderson (Age 14 and older)
Glasshouse by Charles Stross (Age 14 and older)
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (Age 12 and older)
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Age 13 and older)
Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge (Age 14 and older)
Rash by Pete Hautman (Age 12 and older)
The Silenced by James DeVita (Age 13 and older)
Singing the Dogstar Blues by Alison Goodman (Age 13 and older)
The Unidentified by Rae Mariz (Age 13 and older)

Historical Perspectives
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez (Age 12 and older)
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Age 12 and older)
Catch a Tiger by the Toe by Ellen Levine (Ages 9-12)
The Composition by Antonio Skármeta (Ages 9-16)
A Hand Full of Stars by Rafik Scharmi (Age 12 and older)
The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman (Age 11 and older)
Under a Red Sky: Memories of a Childhood in Communist Romania by Haya Leah Molnar (Age 14 and older)
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís (Age 9 and older)
When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park (Age 11 and older)

Contemporary Fiction
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (Age 10 and older)
Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsburg (Age 13 and older)
Sweetblood by Pete Hautman (Age 12 and older)
The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarity (Age 14 and older)
TTYL (series) by Lauren Myracle (Age 13 and older)
Want to go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman (Age 14 and older)
What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones (Age 13 and older)

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