Privacy AwARe Week

In 2022, National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) is excited to expand the Data Privacy Day campaign into Data Privacy Week, a full week-long initiative. Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of Data Protection Day in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the January 28, 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.

Data Privacy Week helps spread awareness about online privacy and educates citizens on how to manage their personal information and keep it secure. Data Privacy Week also encourages businesses to respect data and be more transparent about how they collect and use customer data.

Learn more from the National Cybersecurity Alliance →

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is proud to announce Privacy AwARe Week 2022: a virtual celebration of Data Privacy Week that highlights the power of privacy and the importance of cyber safety.

Monday, January 24 — What Data Privacy Means To Me: The Educator's Perspective
K-12 educators Connie Thomas, Kimberly Miller, and Melanie Birthright discuss the importance of data privacy

Tuesday, January 25 — Privacy AwARe Training Module
A self-paced student privacy training module from Technology Initiatives & Resources

Note: This module will take approximately 60 to 75 minutes. It works best on a computer browser (not mobile) and you may need to disable your pop-up blocker.

Wednesday, January 26 — Protect Your Privacy
Micah Warbington, the Public Affairs Programs Liaison with the Attorney General's Office, shares important tips and resources to keep parents, educators, and children safe on the internet.

Thursday, January 27 — More to Explore about Data Privacy

Student privacy doesn't end when Privacy AwARe Week finishes. To efficiently create a privacy-conscious culture, it is important to consistently enforce resources for privacy in our everyday practices. Here are a few ways in which you can deepen your education about data privacy:

  • The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy – PCSP is a national coalition of parents and advocates who would defend the rights of parents and students to protect their data. Here you can find news updates, articles, and other resources on student privacy from the parent's perspective.
  • Student Privacy at the U.S. Department of Education – The U.S. Department of Education provides essential resources on privacy for educators and students. They also provide guidance and advice on tools being used in the classroom, commonly used apps, filing complaints, etc.
  • The National Cybersecurity Alliance – The NCSA provides a vast resources library on online privacy and cyber security. They are also the organizer of special events like Data Privacy Day that encourages participation and celebration of online privacy.
  • Future of Privacy Forum – Through research, publications, educational meetings, expert testimony, and other related activities, FPF works with organizations and governments to shape best practices and policies, in the United States and globally.

Friday, January 28 — What Data Privacy Means To Me: The Student's Perspective
Wrapping up the week with six K-12 students from Arkansas sharing their thoughts on data privacy

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